Texas Must Get A Handle on Budget Busting Payday Loans

This week, fair lending advocates echoed concerns we laid out in a new report about the increasingly expensive payday and auto title loans being charged to Texans. Commissioner Leslie Pettijohn with the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC), which oversees the lending industry in Texas, told members of the House Investment and Financial Services committee […]

Local Austin Mom Gets A Boost to Her Savings Account After Saving Tax Refund

Sharon Jones, a 37-year-old single mom in Austin, just got a big boost to her savings account thanks to the local organization Foundation Communities of Austin and OpportunityTexas’ Tax-Time Savings Project. Through its Tax-Time Savings Project (TSP), OpportunityTexas, CPPP’s joint initiative with RAISE Texas, partners with local organizations around the state, including Foundation Communities of […]

Graduation Season Shouldn’t be Debt Season

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

High school graduates across Texas will make important decisions about their future this month. For those who haven’t decided about college yet, it’s time to weigh seeking a full-time job or enrolling in classes next fall. Adults already in the workforce may be considering postsecondary training to qualify for better jobs. All of these Texans […]

Join Us In Welcoming Oliver Bernstein As Our New Communications Director

We are thrilled to announce that Oliver Bernstein will be joining the Center for Public Policy Priorities in mid-April as Communications Director. A fluent Spanish speaker who has lived and worked along the Texas-Mexico border and nationally, Oliver brings more than nine years of  communications experience to CPPP. He most recently directed a grassroots communications […]

Growing Tax-Time Savings in Texas

Working for a Better Texas

By Scott Zienty Tax season is here, and for many Texas families, their tax refund presents an important savings moment. Unfortunately, it’s not easy for most filers to save their refund because they have “pre-spent” it. Low-income families also have to overcome institutional hurdles to save.  For example, an outdated Texas policy attaches liquid asset limits […]

FAFSA Season Shows Uptick in Applications and Need for Improvement

Working for a Better Texas

By Alejandra Cerna March is a big month for high school students aspiring to attend college. It’s the month that students and families are hustling to make their decisions about what schools to apply to and how they plan to pay for college. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority […]

Build a Better Economy for Texas Working Families

In Texas, we have a rather unique blend of relatively low unemployment with high poverty. In other words, we have plenty of folks who are working — and working hard — but not making ends meet. Fortunately, we have useful, yet often overlooked, tools that enable Texas to fight poverty and expand opportunity: refundable tax […]

Divisions shouldn’t stand in way of higher minimum wage for Texans

This oped piece by Don Baylor ran in the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Read in the Statesman here. In Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Barack Obama sounded the call for a higher minimum wage to boost economic activity and restore purchasing power to millions of workers and families across the United […]

CFED Scorecard: Texas Economic Ladder Needs Some Fixin’

Despite an improving national economy, 49.8 percent of Texas households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to the 2014 CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard released today.  The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s […]

Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage Benefits All of Us

Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, made the following statement regarding the efforts to increase the federal minimum wage: “The Center for Public Policy Priorities supports efforts to raise the federal minimum wage so working families can better meet their most basic needs. The current minimum wage isn’t paying enough […]