What We Heard & Didn’t Hear in the State of the State Speech

Today, the Governor delivered his 7th State of the State speech. Here are some of our takeaways… What we heard: Texas is a job creator. Actually, Texas has the third highest percentage of low-wage jobs that offer no benefits, benefits

EITC Boosts Economy and Working Families

Today is EITC Awareness Day.   The economic impact on the Texas economy and working families is huge. Coinciding with the onset of tax season, EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Day is meant to raise awareness about the financial significance of this refundable

New Tool Highlights What Texas Families Must Earn to Meet Basic Needs

Today we released a new data tool that finds that what a two-parent household with two children in Texas must earn to cover basic expenses like affordable housing, food, child care, and health care ranges from $35,320 a

A Fighting Chance: Shamekia and James

Shamekia and James live in Austin, Texas. As carpenter and welder by trade, James was working full-time and earning plenty of money to provide for his five children when he was laid off during the Great Recession. When James lost his

A Fighting Chance: Delores

It took Delores a long time to pull herself out of poverty. As a single mother of five children in Bryan, Texas, she couldn’t find a job and was barely able to feed and clothe her family. She relied on

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