Salaries Increase, But More Texans Still Living in Poverty than before the Recession

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The median Texas household income increased by $2,555 last year according to new data from the Census Bureau. The data also show that fewer Texans are living in poverty, although overall incomes and poverty levels need improvement to ensure long-term economic growth for all Texans. These changes are welcome news and mirror similar improvements for low-income […]

How Business Leaders Can Help Employees Build Financial Stability

Laura Rosen

In Texas, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. However, we have not done enough to correct the fact that too many Texans are stuck in low quality jobs that make self-sufficiency all but impossible. Specifically, 2.4 million Texas workers (26 percent of all private sector jobs) earn less than $11.62 an hour […]

On the Road Again

Ann Beeson

One of the things I love about my job is the chance to travel around the state and meet Texans committed to helping other Texans reach their full potential. Last week I spent two days in Fort Worth, inspired by the can-do spirit of Cowtown. Leadership Fort Worth sponsored a top-notch gathering of business and […]

Celebrating a New Wage in Dallas

The Dallas City Council provided strong leadership and vision this week by voting to pay a minimum wage of $10.37 to all contract workers employed with city funds. The Dallas Poverty Task Force also deserves credit for identifying the need to raise wages for contract workers and championing the issue. Mayor Mike Rawlings created the […]

Is Texas Doing it for the Kids?

The new national KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today reminds us how challenging it is to be a kid in Texas. Once again, Texas ranked among the ten worst states for children. There were a few bright spots for the Lone Star State including improved math proficiency for eighth […]

New Overtime Protection Coming for Texans

Tomorrow President Obama is expected to announce details of new proposed guidance from the Department of Labor that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers, including approximately 400,000 Texans. The new protection will update the Fair Labor Standards Act, which includes the requirement for businesses to pay time-and-a-half to hourly employees and certain […]

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 […]

Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage

HJR 26 by Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer is a strong bill that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The proposal is scheduled for consideration on today’s House legislative calendar. CPPP’s recent analysis found that one in four Texans would get a raise if the minimum wage was […]

Graduation Season Comes Early

April might seem a little early for a graduation ceremony, but there I was handing out mock diplomas on the steps of the Texas Capitol surrounded by bright-eyed students in caps and gowns. This pretend ceremony had a very real message: Texas should continue to allow immigrant students who are Texas residents and non-citizens to […]

Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few Texans and their families earn enough to escape working poverty. Nearly 2.4 million workers, or 1 in 4 private sector employees in the state, would receive a pay increase if the state adopted a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour in […]