Saddle up for the Legislative Session

As the divisive elections fade and the holiday season approaches, it’s time to put aside our differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our children and grandchildren that gives every Texan the […]

Reminder: Texas Immigration Data Show Benefits to the State Economy

With President Obama expected to announce executive action to address the enforcement of immigration policy, I wanted to highlight our recent report, Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy. There are more than 4.2 million immigrants in Texas today, which is one in six residents. Our report found that Texas immigrants work in a wide range of jobs: […]

Family Matters: Two-Generation Approach to Opportunity

More than one million families with young children in Texas are low-income—nearly half of all families with young children. Texas kids growing up in low-income families deserve the same shot at success as middle and upper income kids. For these kids, family stability and well-being are strongly tied to their opportunities for success. Today, many […]

CPPP Welcomes Garrett Groves as Program Director for Economic Opportunity

Last week Garrett Groves joined CPPP as the new Program Director for Economic Opportunity, and he had a pretty interesting first day on the job. There were no usual day one activities, such as setting up voicemail. Instead, Garrett made his debut by leading an immensely successful session at the Hobby Policy Summit focused on […]

Guest post: Honoring Luci Baines Johnson

Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth

Editor’s note: This is a special guest post by Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth On October 16 the Center for Public Policy Priorities will honor Luci Baines Johnson as its 2014 Texas Legacy for her contributions to Texas. Texas State University President Denise Trauth offers this special guest tribute to Luci. Sponsorships and […]

This Economic Boom is Brought to You by Immigrants

The founders of our great state of Texas were immigrant newcomers from Virginia and Tennessee – Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett among them – attracted to free land, opportunity and adventure in what was then northern Mexico. According to a new study we published today at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, […]

New Report Shows Surprise Medical Bills Taking Toll on Texans

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Most of us will end up in an emergency room at some point.  And when we do, we’ll probably have no choice which physicians treat us and no ability to ensure they are part of our insurance company’s network of preferred providers. As Texas consumers, we may reasonably expect that if treated in an in-network […]

Young and Concerned About my Future

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

Am I one of the few millennials interested in the Texas budget? Many of my peers don’t appreciate how the state’s investment decisions will determine the future Texas that we all inherit. With pre-legislative session budget hearings just beginning, now is the time for us to get involved and push for funding for the things […]

Texas Is a Tough Place to Be a Kid (or a Parent)

A new report from the National KIDS COUNT Project shows that Texas is one of the toughest places to be a kid. The conclusion comes from crunching the numbers in health, education, economic security and the stability of families and communities. But let’s start with the good news. Texas is making progress for kids in […]

Payday Loans Help Keep Texans out of the Financial Mainstream

The documentary “Spent: Looking for Change” debuted online a few months ago and quickly garnered acclaim and nearly 10 million viewers. The film traces the challenges of four working families living on the edges of the financial mainstream. The four stories, two of which take place in Texas, each represent the obstacles faced by millions […]