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Emily grew up near Houston and attended UT-Austin before getting her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She now lives in Washington, DC, where she worked at HUD for several years and works on affordable housing policy and advocacy.  

Children's Home of Lubbock Fires Employee for Being Gay


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

The Children's Home of Lubbock, which provides adoption, foster care and other family services, has fired an employee simply because of his sexual orientation. Children's Home knew that childcare worker Casey Stegall was gay. But when he introduced his fiancé to some of the children he worked with, he was fired over his "lifestyle choices," the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.  

"I got fired just for being who I am," Stegall said.

According to Children's Home President Lynn Harms, "As a faith-based, church-related outreach providing welfare services, if you will, to children and families, there is a set of biblical values that we adhere to and live by. When you are implementing life training and so forth - particularly with children - to put a confused message out there is counterproductive."

"If you want to try to force our culture to meet your expectations, that's not going to go well," Harms continued. "I don't feel like the culture here has to meet an individual's desire for the world to be different."

Read about Stegall's response and his options for recourse after the jump.

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Texas has Some of the Highest and the Lowest Costs of Living in the Country


by: Emily Cadik

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

Everything is bigger in Texas - including cost of living disparities.

The Atlantic Citylab looked at data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the price levels of various expenses like food, transportation, housing, and education.  

The analysis shows that in Texas, there are metro regions where the costs of living are among the highest in the country - generally in the major cities of Dallas, Austin and Houston where you'd expect higher costs. On the other hand, there are metro regions along the border where the costs of living are among the lowest in the country.

There are very few states that combine such low-cost and high-cost areas. But then again, there are no states like Texas.

There's more after the jump.

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Texas Among the States that Would Gain the Most from a Minimum Wage Increase


by: Emily Cadik

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

It's no surprise that, as one of the largest states in the nation, Texas has a high population of low-wage workers. But it turns out that Texas has a very high concentration of low-wage workers relative to the rest of the country too. These factors combined mean that Texas would gain tremendously from a minimum wage increase.

Oxfam America has mapped where low-wage workers are concentrated around the U.S. Based on that, they figured out how many workers would benefit by raising the minimum wage to $10.10.  The interactive map is broken out into congressional district to show members of Congress who could potentially make a difference in the lives of millions of low-wage workers just how much their districts would benefit.

Nationwide, more than 25 million workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10. In Texas, it would benefit almost 3 million workers - more than in any other state.  

Read about what Texas stands to gain from a minimum wage increase - and why Republican opposition to an increase is wearing thin - after the jump.

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Texas is One of the Most Restrictive States in the Nation


by: Emily Cadik

Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

Think it's a coincidence that Texas has a lot of tornadoes and also a lot of homophobia? According to a recent analysis, the two may be more closely related than you think.

A paper from the National Academy of Sciences suggests that while "the United States if often parsed on a red versus blue dichotomy," states may actually vary in terms of "tightness or looseness."

Texas is one of the ten "tightest" states, meaning it has "many strongly enforced rules and little tolerance for deviance" - as do most other Southern states.

Read more about what these categories mean after the jump.

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As Nation's Uninsured Rate Drops, Texas Falls Farther Behind


by: Emily Cadik

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT


The percentage of uninsured Americans has dropped to 13.4 percent - the lowest it has been since Gallup started tracking uninsured rates in 2008. Just before the federal health insurance marketplace opened in 2013, the rate was 18 percent.

Unfortunately, the drop in the uninsured rate has been much lower in Texas. While the national uninsured rate has decreased by 3.66 percentage points, Texas's uninsured rate dropped by only 1.99 percent. Only nine states saw smaller decreases in their uninsured rates.

This leaves Texas with the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and by an even wider margin than before.

There's more after the jump.

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Julián Castro Easily Confirmed as HUD Secretary


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM CDT


Yesterday the Senate voted 71-26 to confirm San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Only a majority vote was needed for his confirmation. Nonetheless, eighteen Republicans voted in his favor, including Senator John Cornyn, who had also made positive remarks about him during his confirmation hearing.

Senator Ted Cruz, on the other hand, voted no. Like the other 25 Republicans who voted against Castro, he did not provide any reason or voice any actual opposition to his nomination. Rather, it seems that this bloc of Senators voted against him simply because the President nominated him.

Castro will be the only Texan and the second Latino in the Cabinet when he assumes his new position. But first, current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan has to be confirmed for his new role as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Until then, Castro will continue to serve as mayor of San Antonio. The City Council will soon hold a special session to select an interim replacement.

Read the response from notable Democrats and see how to congratulate him yourself after the jump.

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Expanding Medicaid Would Have Saved Texas $10 Billion


by: Emily Cadik

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

The White House is starting to seriously guilt trip the states that didn't expand Medicaid - and rightly so. Last week the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report called "Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid."

According to the report, in the 26 states that have expanded Medicaid, 5.2 million people have gained Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. In the 24 states (including Texas) that have not expanded Medicaid, 5.7 million people have been denied this opportunity.

But the impacts go far beyond the already serious loss of so many people not having health insurance. "While one important goal of the Medicaid program is to ensure that enrollees have access to medical care," the report says, "an equally important goal is to protect families from large out‐of‐pocket medical costs and ensure that illness does not threaten families' ability to meet other important needs." And beyond that, there are enormous economic impacts.

Read about the gains Texas is missing out on after the jump.

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One in Three Texans Live in Poverty Areas


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT


According to a new Census report, 15 percent of the U.S. population lives in poverty, but a much higher number - 26 percent - live in "poverty areas," defined as census tracts where at least one in five residents are below the poverty line.

"Living in communities with a large concentration of people in poverty adds burdens to low-income families," according to the report. "Problems associated with living in poverty areas, such as higher crime rates, poor housing conditions, and fewer job opportunities are exacerbated when poor families live clustered in high-poverty neighborhoods."

The types of households that live in poverty areas are, not surprisingly, similar to the types that are in poverty. Female-headed households are the most likely to live in poverty areas, and almost 40 percent of them do - the largest proportion among any household type. And almost 30 percent of all children in the U.S. live in poverty areas. Not surprisingly, people of color are disproportionately concentrated in poverty areas as well - over 50 percent of all blacks and 48 percent of other non-white and non-Asian races live in poverty areas. Meanwhile, only around 11 percent of whites and 17 percent of Asians live in poverty areas.

Read about who lives in poverty areas in Texas after the jump.

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Dallas County to Provide Shelter to 2,000 Immigrant Children


by: Emily Cadik

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM CDT

Over the past few months, the border patrol in South Texas has been overwhelmed by a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America. Many are fleeing violence and/or attempting to rejoin other family members already in the U.S. Government officials are estimating that as many as 70,000 children will cross the border by the end of the year.

Rather than leave these children in overrun facilities, Dallas County has announced that it will house 2,000 immigrant children that are currently being held by the Department of Homeland Security along the Mexican border, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced at the Texas Democratic Convention this weekend.

"I support increased security at the border," Jenkins said, "But that doesn't take care of the women and children already here." Calling the situation on the border a "humanitarian crisis," Jenkins described the move as one from "incarceration on our border to compassionate care in Dallas County."

There's more after the jump.

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Texas Cities are Falling Behind Because Rick Perry Won't Expand Medicaid


by: Emily Cadik

Sun Jun 29, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

We already know that Rick Perry's refusal to expand Medicaid has left 1 million Texans in a Medicaid coverage gap. But a new study from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how cities around the country are impacted by their states choosing to expand (or not expand) Medicaid. Though Houston was the only Texas city included in the study, it gives us an idea of what other Texas cities have lost.  

"Cities stood to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a provision of the Affordable Care Act expanding access to Medicaid," according to the Washington Post. "The low-income are disproportionately concentrated in urban America. So are major regional medical centers like Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta that provide care for and attract the uninsured from far outside of cities. Urban residents also frequently foot the bill for local taxing districts that help pay for this care."

So what happens to cities without a Medicaid expansion? Find out after the jump.

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