Tuition Cap, Ending Set-Asides Won’t Help Students Afford College

Garrett Groves

The Texas Senate has approved two bills that fail to address the state role in making college affordable for Texas students. While capping tuition may seem like an easy solution to the rising cost of college tuition in Texas, in reality, this Band-Aid would not address one of the key drivers of rising costs – […]

It’s Getting Harder to Find a Job that Pays the Cost of Living in Texas

Garrett Groves

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few workers are able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. From 1979 to 2014, the share of low-wage jobs grew by 15.5 percent in Texas. At the same time, the share of jobs that paid middle wages dropped more […]

Why the Texas Middle Class is Shrinking

Garrett Groves

Report shows keys to reducing wage disparities and promoting economic growth Over the past 30 years, the largest share of jobs at the center of the U.S. economy – known as “middle-skill jobs” – have been declining according to a report released today from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Center for Public […]

United Ways’ Pathways to Work Initiative

Garrett Groves

CPPP Director of Economic Opportunity Garrett Groves presented to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas quarterly funders’ forum. Garrett provided a community profile of the Dallas-Fort Worth region on changing demographic and economic trends. The presentation focused in particular on building regional talent pipelines to help address the shrinking middle class in Texas. The event […]

Texas Must Get Serious About Workforce Development

Garrett Groves

If Texas wants to remain one of the top states for business growth and job creation, then we must get serious about workforce development. We currently rank 40th in the nation with only 35 percent of adults attaining a postsecondary degree, compared to 41 percent nationally. And we trail every state except California in the percent […]

Celebrating a New Wage in Dallas

The Dallas City Council provided strong leadership and vision this week by voting to pay a minimum wage of $10.37 to all contract workers employed with city funds. The Dallas Poverty Task Force also deserves credit for identifying the need to raise wages for contract workers and championing the issue. Mayor Mike Rawlings created the […]

New Overtime Protection Coming for Texans

Tomorrow President Obama is expected to announce details of new proposed guidance from the Department of Labor that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers, including approximately 400,000 Texans. The new protection will update the Fair Labor Standards Act, which includes the requirement for businesses to pay time-and-a-half to hourly employees and certain […]

Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage

HJR 26 by Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer is a strong bill that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The proposal is scheduled for consideration on today’s House legislative calendar. CPPP’s recent analysis found that one in four Texans would get a raise if the minimum wage was […]

Let’s Keep College within Reach

As Texans, we’re a fierce and competitive bunch, and in the last few years our state has touted its record on low taxes and economic growth. There’s no doubt that Texas has been competitive in job growth, but when it comes to higher education, we’ve lost our edge. And without a well-educated workforce, we’re risking […]

Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few Texans and their families earn enough to escape working poverty. Nearly 2.4 million workers, or 1 in 4 private sector employees in the state, would receive a pay increase if the state adopted a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour in […]