This week, I delivered the following testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding public education & Texas’ teacher retirement system: TEA: Last session, $5.3 billion was cut from public education – $4 billion from formula funding and $1.3 billion from educational
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.
We are proud to be participating in a big day of giving in our home base of Austin, Texas! In just three short weeks, we’re joining 300+ nonprofits in the Capital City to raise at least $1 million for the organizations that make
By Lauren Stebbins Financial education has the potential to put students on the right path to building the skills that are so important for building financial security. Smarter Texans Save, a new initiative which launched in January coordinated by OpportunityTexas in partnership
“During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Rick Perry wisely noted that the decisions the Legislature makes today “will determine what Texas will look like for the next 50 years.” After touting Texas as a low-tax state,
Half of Texas residents are living on the edge of a financial hardship with almost no savings to fall back on as a result of a job loss, health crisis or other income-depleting emergency, according to a report released today
Today, the Governor delivered his 7th State of the State speech. Here are some of our takeaways… What we heard: Texas is a job creator. Actually, Texas has the third highest percentage of low-wage jobs that offer no benefits, benefits
As the Texas Legislature starts drafting a budget and writing laws that reflect the state’s values and respond to the state’s needs, it should ask: What does it really take for Texas families to make ends meet and have the
Today is EITC Awareness Day. The economic impact on the Texas economy and working families is huge. Coinciding with the onset of tax season, EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Day is meant to raise awareness about the financial significance of this refundable
Today we released a new data tool that finds that what a two-parent household with two children in Texas must earn to cover basic expenses like affordable housing, food, child care, and health care ranges from $35,320 a
This weekend, Eva’s piece ran in the Austin American-Statesman’s Legislative Preview series: We believe in Texas. We believe in the people of Texas. We know it’s hard for families, especially Texas families, to admit that they need and ask for help.