Our History

Originally founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas in 1985, Every Texan has pursued the vision of a more equitable Texas for over three decades. We were originally the Benedictine Resource Center, and then the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) until 2020. We became an independent, tax-exempt organization in 1999, and over time we have advocated for expanding access to health care, improving fiscal policy, and broadening economic opportunity. 

We are passionate about providing:

  • An established, centralized resource for a breadth and depth of social justice issues
  • A unified perspective and understanding of interrelated issues and how they affect one another
  • Reliable, robust research and analysis that frequently can’t be found anywhere else
  • Knowledge and expertise in policy change unbiased by political affiliation, goals, or contributions
  • Partnership with organizations specializing in issues of social justice
  • Genuine solutions guided by a clear, focused mission to benefit every Texan
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Key Achievements

  • Prevented budget cuts to Medicaid and CHIP, prevented large drops in health care coverage, and reduced the number of uninsured Texans
  • Organized a coordinated statewide effort to ensure a full and accurate 2020 Census, establishing ourselves as the leading voice of coverage of Texas in the Census
  • Guaranteed paid sick days for Austin workers and squashed the sales tax swap
  • Promoted racial and ethnic equity and exposed barriers to economic opportunity
  • Worked closely with leaders from both parties to boost financial support for Texas students as one of the handful of Texas organizations with a deep understand of public school funding formulas

Your Support Makes a Difference

We believe Texas can be the best state in the United States, and our public policy work is an indispensable part of getting there. Your support improves equity in health care, food security, education, and financial stability.