Closing the Wealth Gap, in Austin and Beyond

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On Friday, the University of Texas wrapped up the 2015-2016 Opportunity Forum Series, Uniting our Divided City, with a discussion of Austin’s racial wealth divides. Several of our staff attended and were reinforced in our commitment to advancing racial equity as a way to make sure every Texan is healthy, well-educated and financially secure. According […]

Payday Loans Help Keep Texans out of the Financial Mainstream

The documentary “Spent: Looking for Change” debuted online a few months ago and quickly garnered acclaim and nearly 10 million viewers. The film traces the challenges of four working families living on the edges of the financial mainstream. The four stories, two of which take place in Texas, each represent the obstacles faced by millions […]

OPED–Embrace Tax Policies That Encourage Savings

Tax season is here. For many Texas families, the substantial tax refund they will get back is vital to their overall budget. The Earned Income Tax Credit the most successful income supplement for working families, lifting millions of Americans, including about 765,000 Texans, out of poverty. Low-income children in families that receive the tax credit […]