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Cost of Diapers is a Challenge to Low-Income Families

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 […]


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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Announces New Financial Education Resources in Dallas

I was thrilled to attend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) first town hall meeting on financial education in Dallas on September 7, co-hosted by Texas Appleseed. At the event, CFPB Director Richard Cordray shared findings from the Bureau’s new report, “Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability.” At the meeting, a variety of […]


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Salaries Increase, But More Texans Still Living in Poverty than before the Recession

The median Texas household income increased by $2,555 last year according to new data from the Census Bureau. The data also show that fewer Texans are living in poverty, although overall incomes and poverty levels need improvement to ensure long-term economic growth for all Texans. These changes are welcome news and mirror similar improvements for low-income […]


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Despite progress, refusal to expand Medicaid keeps Texas the state with most uninsured residents

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of Texans without health insurance continues to decline. Over 432,000 fewer Texans were uninsured in 2015 than in 2014. But despite the progress, Texas still has both the largest number (4.6 million) and percentage (17.1) of uninsured residents in the country. Today’s release of the Current […]