In Texas, we have a rather unique blend of relatively low unemployment with high poverty. In other words, we have plenty of folks who are working — and working hard — but not making ends meet. Fortunately, we have useful,
Many Texans are poor, not because they don’t work, but because their work pays too little to raise a family out of poverty. To ensure economic prosperity, Texas public policy must support work, make work pay, and help families build their assets.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Texas economy is the lack of career and college readiness for adults and K-12 students. To increase postsecondary access and success, Texas must build a more durable pipeline across our educational and workforce systems to prepare Texans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
This oped piece by Don Baylor ran in the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Read in the Statesman here. In Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Barack Obama sounded the call for a higher minimum wage to
Despite an improving national economy, 49.8 percent of Texas households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to the 2014 CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard released today. The number of households who have little or no savings
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
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson called on Congress and our nation to fight poverty in the United States. As a Texas public school teacher, LBJ witnessed firsthand the barriers that poor families faced to get ahead. Breaking down those barriers
On December 13th, the Texas Finance Commission announced eight grantees for the Texas Financial Education Endowment (TFEE)’s inaugural round of grants totaling $250,000. TFEE, the first state-administered funding source for broad financial education and asset building services, was created by
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
By Lauren Stebbins Financial security is influenced by several types of income and assets, but for most people, arguably the most influential asset is the one of the most intangible: the credit score. An individual’s credit score largely determines credit access
Last month the Texas Financial Education Endowment (TFEE) – the first state-administered funding source for broad financial education and asset building services- announced its inaugural round of grants for eligible Texas entities. The Endowment, administered by the Finance Commission
Greetings! I am truly delighted to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. I am very proud to be a Texan. We have so much to build on – the best culture anywhere, a fierce sense