Texas

Federal judge says Texas still needs oversight to fix its ‘broken’ foster care system

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.

In Texas, you probably won’t get welfare benefits — even if you qualify

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.

How Texas curtailed traditional welfare without ending poverty

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.

Why Americans have no right to an education

How Texas’ school finance system helped perpetuate nationwide inequity.

What does affordable housing mean to you?

One person’s “affordable housing” is another person’s “shelter poverty.”

Incomes continue to rise, but Texans of color still seeing a gap

Texas experienced modest economic improvement in 2016, according to new census estimates. But income inequality remains pervasive in the state.