Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage Benefits All of Us

Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, made the following statement regarding the efforts to increase the federal minimum wage: “The Center for Public Policy Priorities supports efforts to raise the federal minimum wage so working families can better meet their most basic needs. The current minimum wage isn’t paying enough […]

Thousands of Texans to lose unemployment insurance this holiday season

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

This holiday, tens of thousands of Texans will lose unemployment insurance (UI) if Congress fails to extend federal benefits for workers unemployed for more than six months. Cutting off support will hurt Texas families and businesses as thousands of Texans will have fewer resources to cover their basic household expenses throughout 2014. During the Great […]

Countdown to Coverage: Uninsured and Unbanked

By Laura Rosen and Lauren Stebbins The October 1, 2013 opening day for Affordable Care Act Marketplaces is quickly approaching. While the new Health Insurance Marketplace is being established to reduce the numbers of uninsured, another effort is underway to ensure that unbanked individuals don’t face unnecessary barriers in getting health insurance.   Currently, insurance companies […]

Investing in Education Will Build a Stronger Texas Economy

Chandra Villanueva

The best way for Texas to grow its economy is by investing in a well-educated workforce, according to a new paper published by EPI for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), a network of 61 state and local economic think tanks and 25 national partners founded by the Economic Policy Institute and several other […]

To Improve Financial Stability of SNAP Households, TX Should Remove Asset Test

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan When a Texas family is struggling to make ends meet or having trouble keeping food on the table, they may turn to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help them through that difficult economic time.  Like most safety net programs, SNAP is “means-tested” to ensure that only applicants with limited resources receive assistance. […]

Tax Time: An Important Season To Build Texans’ Financial Futures

Tax season is here. For many Texas families, the substantial tax refund they will get back is vital to their overall budget.  Last tax season, 2.6 million Texans claimed the EITC, earning back $6.9 billion or approximately $2,600 per filer.  Because tax refunds represent the largest lump-sum payment for the entire year, tax-time creates an […]

OPED–Embrace Tax Policies That Encourage Savings

Tax season is here. For many Texas families, the substantial tax refund they will get back is vital to their overall budget. The Earned Income Tax Credit the most successful income supplement for working families, lifting millions of Americans, including about 765,000 Texans, out of poverty. Low-income children in families that receive the tax credit […]

Texas Still Has Time For A Much Needed Boost To Financial Aid

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

If the Legislature is serious about preparing the Texas workforce for future jobs, we need greater investment in higher education that empowers more low-income students to enter and complete college. This Thursday, the Texas House has the opportunity to add more funding to the state’s financial aid programs—proven tools to increase college access and success— […]

Bridges To Better Jobs: How Texas Can Equip Texas Adults For Good Careers

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

To build a strong economy, Texas can do better to strengthen the adult basic education (ABE) and literacy system to prepare more Texans for higher-skilled and higher-wage jobs. To make system-wide changes to the way adult basic education is delivered and improve outcomes for adult learners in Texas, state policymakers and ABE providers should adopt a goal […]

More Funding Needed For Retired Teachers To Be Self-Sufficient

Chandra Villanueva

Yesterday, I testified in support of HB 1383 in the House Pensions Committee meeting: “In retirement, Texas teachers rely almost exclusively on their TRS pension because the vast majority are not eligible to participate in Social Security. These retirees have seen their income erode over the past 11 years, because the system can not grant […]