Tag Archives: Business & Economics

All-Texas News | Low-income

Texas Democrats push bills to raise state minimum wage
  • HB 937 proposes to increase the hourly minimum wage in Texas from $7.25 to $10.10 over five years.
  • Several other bills have been filed to devolve minimum wage management to local governments or increase the minimum wage to $15, in line with some of the more ambitious proposals across the nation.
  • The minimum wage was last changed statewide in 2009, though recent polls indicate that more than half of Texans support raising it.
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House Bill 937

Coverage
Additional

Minimum Wage Workers in Texas — 2015 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

All-Texas News | People of Color

Lack of diversity on state finance board prompts outcry from leaders of color
  • For the first time in some three decades, the Legislative Budget Board will have no person of color serving on the board.
  • Latino and black advocates—including lawmakers, organizers, and community leaders—spoke out against the all-white make-up of the committee given the stakes of financing in a state as large and demographically diverse as Texas.
  • A permanent committee of the Texas Legislature, the board sets financial priorities for the state, offering budget requests and recommendations for appropriations and evaluating the performance of state and local operations.
Coverage

Black, Latino groups calling for diversity in Texas Legislature” (KXAN | January 2017)

Resources

Legislative Budget Board (Texas Legislature)
Tribpedia: Legislative Budget Board (The Texas Tribune)