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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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),
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
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