EITC Boosts Economy and Working Families

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 tax credit that lifts millions of Americans, including about 765,000 Texans, out of poverty […]

New Tool Highlights What Texas Families Must Earn to Meet Basic Needs

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 year in Abilene to $50,023 a year in Austin/Round Rock/San Marcos, and that’s without family, community, or […]

OPED–Visions for Lone Star Lawmakers

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. Recently, we documented five Texas families’ stories as they struggle to make ends meet […]

2013 Lege–Payday & Auto Title Lending

Two years ago, the 2011 Texas Legislature enacted two measures to rein in the Wild West of payday and auto title lending by requiring licensing, standard disclosures, and data collection under the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. The bill to address the cycle of debt—where consumers “roll over” or refinance a single loan multiple times […]

How We Work for a Better Texas

Working for a Better Texas

Health Care Protecting and improving Texas Medicaid and CHIP will help ensure access to a decent standard of health care for millions of low-income Texas seniors, children, and families who can’t afford private insurance. Accepting the Affordable Care Act’s opportunity to cover more than a million uninsured Texas adults in Medicaid will bring billions back […]

A Different Look at How to Measure Poverty

Most of us know what poverty “looks like”—such as being homeless or hungry. But what we may not realize is that poverty is a specific income line defined by the federal government. The line differs depending on how big your family is and is based the cost of food for a family of four in […]

Big Ideas to Make Our Kids, Texas, the Southwest, & the U.S. Stronger

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization that works to make children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, has released a new report called Big Ideas: Children in the Southwest. So why focus on just kids in the Southwest? Well, as is pointed out in the report, the Southwest states (California, Arizona, […]

Payday Lenders Ignore Texas Legislature & City Councils

Texas is arguably ground zero in the battle to rein in excessive fees and deceptive practices from payday and auto title lenders.   Last week, the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC), the state entity that supervises credit access businesses (CABs)—also known as payday and auto title lenders—issued stern warnings to companies that appear to be […]

“A Fighting Chance” Is Now Online

Last week, our documentary “A Fighting Chance” aired on KLRU-Austin PBS, followed by a moving Civic Summit panel discussion about the struggles Texas families face just to meet their basic needs. The full 26-minute documentary is now live on our YouTube channel, and you watch the Civic Summit on KLRU’s website. We want to thank […]

CPPP in the News

We thought we’d share two particularly fun and poignant stories from today that quote CPPP: CultureMapATX, an online magazine about all things life and culture in Austin, featured our documentary “A Fighting Chance” in anticipation of tonight’s KLRU Civic Summit, which will air on the Austin PBS station starting at 8 p.m. Tune in watch […]