Policy Areas

We focus on policies that will enable Texans of all backgrounds to thrive, and populations that are experiencing unfair barriers to opportunity.

Today, we prioritize policies that will measurably improve equity in and access to health care, food security, education, and financial security.

We expose unfair barriers faced by people of color, low-income Texans, immigrants, women, children, and other disenfranchised populations. We work alongside community leaders to advance equitable policy solutions.

As people and conditions change and evolve, we adjust the focus of our work to support our vision for Texas.

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Toward an Equitable Economic Recovery for Every Texan

New Equitable Recovery Report

In Texas, opportunity isn’t the same for everyone – despite our state’s wealth. Texans are working hard to support their families and contribute to our state, but millions lack access to affordable health care, healthy food, a quality education, and good jobs. Policies that favor profits over people created these systemic gaps, which left Texans more vulnerable when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

We’re proud to share our new report, Toward an Equitable Economic Recovery for Every Texan.

Every Texan Thrives
Policy Roadmap

For a just and equitable Texas

Every Texan has affordable, quality health care access

End the barriers to equitable opportunity that exist when Texans are either unable to afford medical care or face massive debt when they do get care. 

Expand Medicaid for low-income adults and new mothers, and ensure continuous coverage for children.

Protect consumers from medical debt.

Every Texan has access to healthy food, and no Texan goes hungry. 

Reduce hunger by making it easier for people to access food. 

Increase public or policymaker awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in food security systems. 

Improve access to child nutrition programs (school meal based programs, WIC, and Child and Adult Care Food Program). 

Every Texan has a robust public and higher education

Implement a sustainable, long-term revenue model for public schools.

Increase funding for pre-K, low-income students, and English Language Learners.

Expand affordable access to college by fully funding Texas financial aid grants, reducing student loan debt, and eliminating tuition and fees for low-income families.

Every Texan has a quality job and can participate fully in our economy.

Increase the minimum wage. 

Enact paid parental, medical, family and sick leave. 

Every Texan is supported by a just and equitable tax system.

Close corporate tax loop holes. 

Modernize our tax system and eliminate outdated tax breaks and incentives to improve equity. 

Improve the fairness and accuracy of the property appraisal process.

COVID-19 Solutions

To save lives and livelihoods during the pandemic

Every Texan has affordable, quality health care access

Spread the word that free COVID-19 testing should be available for both insured and uninsured Texans, without regard to immigration status. 

Expand Medicaid to ensure as many Texans as possible have the security of health coverage during the crisis. 

Every Texan has access to healthy food, and no Texan goes hungry. 

Reduce red tape and barriers that deter Texas families from accessing the food they need to stay healthy. 

Increase SNAP benefits for every eligible Texan to better reflect the true cost of a healthy diet and extend Pandemic-EBT to cover summer meals and beyond.

Every Texan has a robust public and higher education

Sustain current funding levels for public schools. 

Use federal stimulus dollars to support college students struggling with forced housing evacuations, food insecurity, unemployment, and student loan debt with a particular focus on aiding undocumented/DACAmented students excluded from federal support. 

Implement state-level student borrower protections to safeguard student loan borrowers as they recover from the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis.

Every Texan has a quality job and can participate fully in our economy.

Enact statewide paid sick leave or allow local communities to decide if they want to offer much-needed benefits to workers and families.

Drop the lawsuit against local paid sick day ordinances filed by Texas Attorney General Paxton and special interests. 

Reduce administrative burdens for receiving Unemployment Benefits and ensure workers do not lose benefits if they do not feel safe returning to their workplace.

Every Texan is supported by a just and equitable tax system.

Advocate for federal stimulus dollars to help close state and local revenue gaps and support critical services. 

Use the Economic Stabilization Fund to maintain critical services and reduce the state revenue gap. 

health care

Health Care

Access to quality, affordable health care for every Texan is at the core of our mission. We work to protect and improve access to high-quality public and private insurance, mental health care, and basic health needs for Texans of all backgrounds.

food security

Food Security

Texas is one of the hungriest states in the nation, but public policy can help change that. We are dedicated to achieving food security for every Texan.

education

Education

One of the biggest challenges facing Texas families is the lack of career and college readiness for students. To increase post-secondary access and success, Texas must build a more durable pipeline across our educational and workforce systems to prepare Texans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

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Jobs & Financial Security

Many Texans experience poverty because their work pays too little to raise a family out of poverty. To ensure economic prosperity, Texas public policy must support workers, make employers pay livable wages, and prioritize health and wellness over profit alone.

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Equity & Inequality

The wealth gaps in Texas keep poverty rates high, especially when the state doesn’t prioritize offering assistance to Texans in poverty or increasing equity for Texans of all backgrounds. Our public policies must guarantee equitable access to services that allow us all to thrive.

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Budget & Taxes

Texas needs a budget and tax system that is equitable, adequate, and responsive to our state’s growing population and needs. The ability to invest in public services that will build a more prosperous future for every Texan relies on the ability of our tax system to support those services.

Here’s Where You Come In:

In Your
Community​

When working with Every Texan, you are empowered to gain the respect of policy changers, strategically influence their decisions, and ultimately strengthen public policy.

At the Texas Legislature

Our bold, research-driven legislative priorities dare Texas leaders to make Texas the best state for hard-working people and their families.