Texas is one of 21 states which have neglected to take action to protect its working citizens from substandard federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. At this wage an employee working 40 hours a week 52 weeks per year would make $15,080. This puts a household of one just barely over the federal poverty threshold of $12,760. In addition to failing to raise the minimum wage statewide, lawmakers in Texas have also passed laws preventing local jurisdictions from raising the minimum wage in their community.
In addition to reducing inequality, increasing the minimum wage is also directly tied to improving public health outcomes. Research has found that raising the minimum wage decreases low birth rates and post-neo-natal mortality. Research has also found that even just a $1 increase in the minimum wage would reduce reported cases of child neglect by close to 10%. Increasing the minimum wages is good for families as it means parents have to work less and can spend more time with their children.