By Salvador Contreras, PhD
Across skill and income groups blacks and Hispanics earn signiﬁcantly less than whites. In addition, economic growth appears to have been exclusively for the beneﬁt of the highest earners. The purchasing power of the average Texan is today lower than in 2000. Finally, economic growth in Texas has been uneven and is evident in the earnings proﬁle across metros.
Discussion: Policy Influence, Money, and Middle-Class Latino Families by Juan H. Flores, MUP
Latino and their allies must increase their influence on state and local policy-making in ways that create progressive ‘economic opportunity’ legislation and ordinances. A living wage, paid leave, day-care support, pre-k, health insurance, affordable housing, equitable tax policies, and neighborhood business development all exemplify human capital investments. Legislative and ordinance policies must support these investments which positively impact the economic mobility and bienestar (well-being) of families.
Infographic: The Bienestar (Well-Being) of Texas Hispanic Childen – Public Policies Matter by Juan H Flores, MUP
Like most Texas families, future opportunities and a better life for their children is a driving Hispanic goal. Parents have expectations that their children will enter adulthood with social capital assets evidenced by their achievement of a quality education, a comfortable paying job, good health, and strong family and positive community relationships. Yet, we continue to have one-half of Hispanic families and their children at-risk from achieving the American Dream of real middle-class status.