The Texas Senate may soon vote on SB 2, a misguided proposal that would limit the ability of cities and counties to decide how much to devote to police, fire, paramedics, and other local services. Special areas like community colleges
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.
“Degrees of Debt: What to Do About Rising College Debt in Texas” is a three-part data series by the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Part 3/3Part 1: Why Is Texas Investing Less and Expecting Better College Graduation Rates?
The Texas Public School Finance Commission adopted its final report on December 19, 2018. The commission met all year, with CPPP closely involved, to develop recommendations for the 2019 Legislature around supporting the needs of our state’s
There is no greater tool than education for boosting opportunity and combating poverty. Figuring out how to pay for higher education, especially as the costs rise and state supports drop, is a critical challenge. Investing for future education expenses is a
A high school diploma is critical for all Texans to be self-sufficient and provide for their families. In 2015, Texas launched 60x30TX, the state’s strategic higher education plan aimed at ensuring 60 percent of Texan adults between
Though it is the state’s responsibility to provide a substantial share of school funding, Texas relies heavily on local property taxes to fund our schools. Because property values vary greatly from one community to the next, some districts are better
We hear plenty from elected leaders about Texas being a “low-tax state,” but we are actually a high-tax state for many families. By setting up a tax system that puts financial strain on lower-income Texans, state leaders are in effect
Want to hear CPPP experts break down the latest income, poverty, and health insurance numbers and what they mean for Texans? On September 13, we hosted a Facebook Live discussion to analyze the newest data from the Census Bureau and