Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson called on Congress and our nation to fight poverty in the United States. As a Texas public school teacher, LBJ witnessed firsthand the barriers that poor families faced to get ahead. Breaking down those barriers
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.
On December 13th, the Texas Finance Commission announced eight grantees for the Texas Financial Education Endowment (TFEE)’s inaugural round of grants totaling $250,000. TFEE, the first state-administered funding source for broad financial education and asset building services, was created by
This holiday, tens of thousands of Texans will lose unemployment insurance (UI) if Congress fails to extend federal benefits for workers unemployed for more than six months. Cutting off support will hurt Texas families and businesses as thousands of Texans
By Lauren Stebbins Financial security is influenced by several types of income and assets, but for most people, arguably the most influential asset is the one of the most intangible: the credit score. An individual’s credit score largely determines credit access
Last month the Texas Financial Education Endowment (TFEE) – the first state-administered funding source for broad financial education and asset building services- announced its inaugural round of grants for eligible Texas entities. The Endowment, administered by the Finance Commission
Greetings! I am truly delighted to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. I am very proud to be a Texan. We have so much to build on – the best culture anywhere, a fierce sense
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Frances Deviney, senior research associate and Texas KIDS COUNT director, made the following statement about today’s release of the American Community Survey: “Today’s release of the Census Bureau’s
By Laura Rosen and Lauren Stebbins The October 1, 2013 opening day for Affordable Care Act Marketplaces is quickly approaching. While the new Health Insurance Marketplace is being established to reduce the numbers of uninsured, another effort is underway to ensure
Jordan dreamt of being the first in her family to graduate from college. But she never imagined that dream would come at a cost of more than $20,000 in student debt while working two jobs and attending school
Nationally renowned social justice lawyer and communicator Ann Beeson takes the CPPP helm on Sept. 3. AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce that Ann Beeson has been named Executive Director of