Chipping Away at Food Insecurity in Texas

Rachel Cooper

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2015 report. This annual report highlights the disturbingly high rate of Texans who struggle to afford enough food for a healthy diet. This year’s report actually shows some good news. The end of the recession and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meanwhile…back at the Capitol

The word “interim” comes from the Latin word for “meanwhile.” Many of us are looking ahead to the winter holidays, but meanwhile the gears are turning as lawmakers prepare for the 2017 legislative session. The interim charges that Senate and House committees will discuss in the coming months offer a preview of the policy debates […]

Texans at Risk of Poverty

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Texas remains a tough place for many children and their families. Although the poverty rate in Texas and nationwide slightly decreased, Texas ranks 38th in the country for its high poverty rate, according to 2014 American Community Survey data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data also reveal that poverty in Texas […]

Preparing Texas Millennials for the Future

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

While we celebrated Labor Day with a family cookout or one last summer trip, let’s remember that this holiday embodies the idea that hard-working Americans make our economy stronger and prosperous. Let’s also remind ourselves that Texas millennials (ages 16-35), a generation that was coming of age during the worst economic crisis since the Great […]

Beautiful, messy ole’ democracy

Winston Churchill once quipped that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Like many Americans, I celebrated the Fourth of July this year with extra gusto and renewed faith in our democracy. The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guaranties the right to same-sex marriage, upheld subsidies […]

Nearly 1.2 Million Fewer Texas Kids Experience Poverty Thanks to State and Federal Programs

How to measure poverty? It may seem like a wonky question, but it’s one that matters in gauging the impacts of anti-poverty programs. The official poverty measure was created in the 1960s and is valuable for evaluating long-term economic trends. But it doesn’t capture the benefits of anti-poverty programs that benefit Texas kids and families, […]

Let Local Leaders Raise Minimum Wage

Imagine looking at your paycheck and knowing it’s not enough money to pay the rent on time or buy groceries for your family. Unfortunately, too many hard-working Texans face this situation. In 2013, 39 percent of our state’s population lived in a low-income household. That’s nearly 10 million Texans who are potentially making difficult choices […]

It’s Health Insurance Shopping Season

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Now that Election Day has passed, one of the most important decisions we can make is about which health-insurance plan to select for ourselves and our families. If you are one of the millions of Texans who lack health insurance, then starting Nov. 15 you will have another chance to sign up for a high-quality, […]