How We Work for a Better Texas

Working for a Better Texas

Health Care Protecting and improving Texas Medicaid and CHIP will help ensure access to a decent standard of health care for millions of low-income Texas seniors, children, and families who can’t afford private insurance. Accepting the Affordable Care Act’s opportunity to cover more than a million uninsured Texas adults in Medicaid will bring billions back […]

Big Ideas to Make Our Kids, Texas, the Southwest, & the U.S. Stronger

First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization that works to make children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, has released a new report called Big Ideas: Children in the Southwest. So why focus on just kids in the Southwest? Well, as is pointed out in the report, the Southwest states (California, Arizona, […]

“A Fighting Chance” Is Now Online

Last week, our documentary “A Fighting Chance” aired on KLRU-Austin PBS, followed by a moving Civic Summit panel discussion about the struggles Texas families face just to meet their basic needs. The full 26-minute documentary is now live on our YouTube channel, and you watch the Civic Summit on KLRU’s website. We want to thank […]

OPED: In Texas, Everyone Deserves a Fighting Chance

This weekend, we contributed a piece to the Austin American-Statesman’s legislative series. You can read the full oped below, which originally ran in the Statesman on Sunday, Dec. 9: Sarah Campsey’s children are her world. She’d sacrifice anything to give them the best life she can. Three years ago, Sarah had to choose between keeping […]

The Farm Bill Meets the Fiscal Cliff

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2012, after the House and the Senate were unable to reach agreement on new legislation.  Since then, Congress’ focus has largely shifted away from the Farm Bill to the pending “fiscal cliff” that could take effect on January 1, 2013. However, the reauthorization of […]

Welcome to the new


We are excited to announce that got a makeover! We have completely redesigned our website, and we’re officially launching this brand new BETTER TEXAS Blog, where our staff spark conversation and inform the debate on issues important to Texas families. With both of these online tools, we’ll be able to share more information with […]

Election Day is about kids

By Frances Deviney Election Day pretty much feels like a day dedicated to adults. Only adults can register to vote. Only long-time adults tend to run for public office. And, frankly, adults are typically the only ones who become emotionally invested in what happens on Election Day. But if there was ever a day that […]

TexasForward and the Petition to Restore Education and Health Care

TexasForward Coalition Meeting

By Mia Ibarra TexasForward, a broad-based revenue coalition promoting a balanced approach to state budget decisions, held its quarterly membership meeting on Friday, October 26. Representatives from many of the coalition’s 53 member organizations gathered in Austin to strategize for the upcoming legislative session. While the Texas economy is recovering and 2012 sales tax revenue […]

New School Meals: Nutritious and Delicious

By Jeanie Donovan Going through the cafeteria line this year, Texas kids will notice some major changes to the foods on their school lunch tray.  Thanks to the new USDA School Nutrition Guidelines, public school students will be offered more whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fresh fruits than ever before.  In addition, school districts […]

How We Talk About Hunger

Jonathan Lewis

By Jonathan Lewis You may have heard murmurs of a recent report released by the USDA. This report addresses what is called “food security.” If you’re not familiar with the term, you might conclude this research concerns protecting our food sources from terrorism or assuring our food is free of pathogens, both logical and important […]