Barely Making It
CPPP Executive Director Dianne Stewart said the report's findings point to a growing problem in Texas and in the U.S. "The America we hold in our hearts and minds offers family economic security to anyone willing to work for it," Stewart said. "As recently as the 1980s, one full-time, minimum-wage job could lift a family of three out of poverty. Since 1982, however ... the purchasing power of the minimum wage has slipped farther and farther below the poverty line.
"Family economic well-being requires individual effort, but when families with two parents working three jobs still are not able to meet basic needs, something else is also required," Stewart concluded. "We must develop a new paradigm for family security that makes good on our common belief that hard work brings prosperity -- or at least basic sustenance." The full report is available at www.cppp.org.