Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage

HJR 26 by Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer is a strong bill that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The proposal is scheduled for consideration on today’s House legislative calendar. CPPP’s recent analysis found that one in four Texans would get a raise if the minimum wage was […]

2016-17 Legislative Budget Snapshot

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With just weeks remaining in the regular session of the 84th Legislature, House and Senate conferees are working out the two chambers’ different versions of House Bill 1, the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act. Wherever different levels of funding are proposed, the conferees may choose to go with the lower amount, the higher amount, or compromise […]

Graduation Season Comes Early

April might seem a little early for a graduation ceremony, but there I was handing out mock diplomas on the steps of the Texas Capitol surrounded by bright-eyed students in caps and gowns. This pretend ceremony had a very real message: Texas should continue to allow immigrant students who are Texas residents and non-citizens to […]

Let’s Keep College within Reach

As Texans, we’re a fierce and competitive bunch, and in the last few years our state has touted its record on low taxes and economic growth. There’s no doubt that Texas has been competitive in job growth, but when it comes to higher education, we’ve lost our edge. And without a well-educated workforce, we’re risking […]

Proposed Bills Expand College Savings Opportunities

Imagine if every child in Texas had a college savings account. Imagine the peace of mind and confidence that accumulated savings in this account would give to students as they make the transition to college. Representative Marsha Farney’s HB 3987, which is being considered by the House Public Education committee today, and Senator Sylvia Garcia’s […]

Drug Testing TANF Recipients Costs More than It Saves

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In the last few months state legislatures across the country have introduced bills designed to force people in greatest need to prove they are “worthy” of receiving support. Sadly, Texas is no different. The House Human Services Committee is set to hear several bills, including HB 352 by Representative Ken King, requiring drug screening for […]

Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few Texans and their families earn enough to escape working poverty. Nearly 2.4 million workers, or 1 in 4 private sector employees in the state, would receive a pay increase if the state adopted a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour in […]

Texas House Budget: The Day After

As the dust settles on the 17-hour HB 1 debate in the Texas House, it’s worth noting what made it into the final House budget proposal, what didn’t, and what the key takeaways were. Journalists and spectators have already said plenty about the purely political or ideologically driven attacks on everything from public transit to […]

Resources Help Texans Maximize Their Tax Refund

For many Texans, their tax refund represents the largest single payment they receive all year and serves as an important part of their income. Last tax season, 2.6 million Texans claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit for working people with low to moderate income, earning back approximately $2,600 per filer. The […]

Fuel for the Legislative Session

Halfway through the Texas Legislative Session, the pace is faster and the stakes are higher. Want to know what helps me ride the proverbial waves at the Capitol? Stepping just outside the pink dome. The stately old live oaks and spring-blooming trees put everything in perspective, and offer shade while I chat with concerned Texans, […]