Former Drug Offenders Gain Access to Food Assistance

Rachel Cooper

As of September 1, Texans with a felony drug conviction in their past are now potentially eligible to receive food assistance benefits thanks to the passage of SB 200 during the 84th Legislature. The new law ends Texas’ old policy of permanently disqualifying anyone with a felony drug conviction that occurred after August 22, 1996 […]

You’re Welcome in Texas

Texans are known for our Southern charm and hospitality. Less well known is the fact that welcoming newcomers and visitors is not just true to our values but good for our economy, too. Today one in six Texans is an immigrant (over 4.2 million people), and a recent CPPP study shows immigrants contribute billions of […]

Preparing Texas Millennials for the Future

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

While we celebrated Labor Day with a family cookout or one last summer trip, let’s remember that this holiday embodies the idea that hard-working Americans make our economy stronger and prosperous. Let’s also remind ourselves that Texas millennials (ages 16-35), a generation that was coming of age during the worst economic crisis since the Great […]

High Enrollment in Medicaid Expansion Benefits States

Melissa McChesney

Many Republican leaders and other conservatives have argued strongly against Medicaid expansion. The claim is that higher-than-expected expansion will cost their states too much, leaving giant holes in their budgets. However, recent reports show the opposite, and states are finding billions of dollars in savings even with tens of thousands more residents enrolling in expanded […]

Ready for a School Finance Solution

Chandra Villanueva

The right to a free public education is enshrined in Texas’ constitution to “promote the general diffusion of knowledge,” which is “essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people.” The earliest Texans knew that the state needed well-educated people who could ensure Texas’ growth and prosperity, benefiting the state as a […]

Texas’ Uninsured Rate Worst in the Nation

Melissa McChesney

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Texas now has the biggest percentage of uninsured residents in the country—sitting just above 20 percent. Only Oklahoma (17.7 percent) and Wyoming (18.2 percent) come anywhere close. On August 10 Gallup released their most recent data on uninsured rates by state, showing a continual decline in uninsured rates […]

Back to School, Back to Court

Like many Texas parents, I’ve got that end-of-summer-vacation buzz – I’m ready for those school bells to ring! As kids head back to school and parents breathe a sigh of relief, it’s comforting to know that the right to education is enshrined in the Texas Constitution. All Texas children deserve a fair chance to compete […]

Community Eligibility Means More Kids Eat Free

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By Caitlin Shea, Research and KIDS COUNT Intern More kids are eating for free and without stigma thanks to a federal school meal option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), introduced in 143 Texas school districts and nearly 1500 campuses last year. Under CEP, when 40 percent or more of the student body is eligible […]

Misguided Priorities

With four days left in the Texas legislative session, I recall my fervent hope back in January – that lawmakers would put aside their differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our […]

10 Days Left

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With 10 days left in the 84th Legislative session, there are still a handful of major decisions pending. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re watching: The full Senate should consider HB 1624, a good bill that would help people shopping for […]