How Texas Education Chief Gave $100 Million to Rich Homeowners

Dick Lavine

Recently the Texas Education Commissioner changed the interpretation of a long-standing statue in order to give $100 million to wealthy homeowners in wealthy school districts. KEY TAKEAWAYS: *It’s understandable that school districts have concerns about the underfunding of the Texas public school finance system and want state leaders to make changes. *But a sudden, under-the-radar […]

Groups Urge State Leaders to Protect Health Care for All Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association. As Congress […]

Help Uninsured Texans Go to the Capitol to Fight for Health Coverage

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This post is courtesy of Texas Well and Healthy. We’re excited to help launch a new campaign to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans! Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can’t get the treatment they need. Dads who can’t pay for their depression medication. Child care […]

CPPP Welcomes New Board Members Andrade, Janda and Keffer

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities has added three members to its board of directors: Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, prominent health care advocate and business leader Ken Janda, and outgoing Texas Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland). CPPP’s important work is made possible by the leadership of our board of directors, who volunteer their […]

Cost of Diapers is a Challenge to Low-Income Families

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The week of September 26 – October 2 will be Diaper Need Awareness Week. In short, diapers are expensive and low-income families are struggling to pay for them. In fact, 1 in 3 families in the United States struggles with diaper need. The Austin Diaper Bank estimates that families can spend around $100 per month […]

From Texas to Brexit and Back

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  I’ve spent my summer working at the CPPP office helping communicate our vision. In between interim planning and Kids Count events, I had the chance to take two weeks off and fly to England for a two-week global media policy summit at the University of Oxford. My experience moving from the state and local […]

CPPP Welcomes New Directors of Development and Finance

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities is pleased to announce that two experienced leaders have joined our staff to help make Texas the best state for hard-working people and their families. Nick Canedo is the new Director of Development. A native of San Antonio, Nick spent the last 11 years in New York City. Much […]

Tragedies in Dallas and beyond

Ann Beeson

It has been an emotional week in my hometown of Dallas, across Texas and across our country. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we mourn the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and of police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith […]

How Business Leaders Can Help Employees Build Financial Stability

Laura Rosen

In Texas, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. However, we have not done enough to correct the fact that too many Texans are stuck in low quality jobs that make self-sufficiency all but impossible. Specifically, 2.4 million Texas workers (26 percent of all private sector jobs) earn less than $11.62 an hour […]

Free Meals for All Students through the Community Eligibility Provision

Rachel Cooper

Kids and parents might be focused on summer fun right now, but school leaders are busy making plans for how to make next school year a success. That’s where the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) can help. Through CEP, high-need schools can provide all of their students with free meals—both breakfast and lunch—without having to collect […]