The Texas Tribune
In a 116-page order, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack said Texas has dragged its heels on foster care reform and said the state continues to need oversight as it tries to fix its system.
Texas’ rolls of cash assistance recipients under its TANF program have steadily shrunk over the last two decades. Some experts say, the bureaucracy guarding the state’s safety net makes it difficult to access those benefits, even for Texans who fit the requirements.
Though poverty rates have remained consistent, Texas has significantly reduced the traditional welfare it provides to poor Texans through cash assistance over the last two decades.
In Texas, college students sent to remedial education usually don’t make it far. A new state law that revamps how that education is provided hopes to change that.
Texas experienced modest economic improvement in 2016, according to new census estimates. But income inequality remains pervasive in the state.