Center for Public Policy Priorities

Our Policy Areas
We believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas – a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. We dare Texas to be the best for hardworking Texans and their families!   LEARN MORE >
Health and Wellness
  • Affordable, adequate health care
  • Robust mental health services
  • Food security and healthy food
  • Easy access to public benefits


Economic Opportunity
  • Quality education, Pre-K through college
  • Savings accounts and financial security
  • Workforce development
  • Living wages and economic mobility
  • Well-funded public schools


Invest In Texas
  • State and local revenue systems that meet public needs
  • A transparent state budget process


A Changing Texas
For over 30 years, the Center for Public Policy Priorities has used data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. For more than 20 years, CPPP has been the official Texas state affiliate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT project. In addition, we highlight the impact of state policies on specific groups:

  • Children
  • People of Color
  • Immigrants
  • Low-income Texans
  • Women

Today an unacceptable 1 in 4 Texas children lives in poverty. With one in 11 U.S. children living in Texas, the opportunities we provide for kids will help determine the entire country’s future. LEARN MORE >

Low-income Texans
About 18 percent of Texans live in poverty, meaning they are individuals earning less than $12,000 per year or families earning less than $24,000 per year for a household of four. Expanding economic opportunity is the best way to ensure that Texans can move out of poverty and build long-lasting financial security. LEARN MORE >

People of Color
All Texans should have the chance to compete and succeed in life. But Hispanic and African-American Texans have disproportionately worse outcomes in many areas including education, health, and opportunities to build financial security. Hispanic and African-American children are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as their White counterparts. LEARN MORE >

Half of all poor families in Texas are headed by single mothers, and Texas women are 20 percent more likely than men to be poor. Women are significant financial contributors in nearly 60 percent of Texas families, so the Texas economy depends on women’s ability to access basic health services and build economic security. LEARN MORE >

One in six Texans is an immigrant, and Houston is now more diverse than New York City. Immigrants are major contributors to the Texas economy, but too many face discriminatory or complex barriers to opportunity. LEARN MORE >

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