New data from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) show that our state’s growing economy is not providing sufficient economic opportunity for all Texans. CFED’s annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard ranks Texas at or near the bottom among
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.
As the 84th Texas Legislative Session begins, I feel energized, prepared and optimistic. Really! Yes, the every-other-year legislative session can be divisive and nerve-racking. But the Capitol belongs to all of us as Texans, and these 140 days are our
If I were to write a news headline for my first full year at CPPP, it would be “Dang, let’s dare Texas to be the best!” As we close out 2014, I’m reflecting on the incredible work we’ve done together this
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.
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
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
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
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
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.