- Texas low-income households pay more in state/local taxes as a share of their income than do the rest of us.
- Texas operates the 5th most regressive tax system in the United States.
- Low per-capita state taxes (49th in the nation) limit Texas' ability to draw down federal dollars for health care, child care and many other human services.
- Households earning below $27,088 use 12.4% of their income on taxes.
- Households earning over $117,899 use 4.9% of their income on taxes.
- Medicaid in Texas covers only 1 out of 8 low-income working age women (2008).
- Texas doctors accept new Medicaid patients at these rates: OB/GYN: 42%; Pediatrics: 42%; Family Medicine: 30%--shortage of doctors to serve the poor challenges the state and public health.
- 90% of direct care workers in the US are women. In Texas, home care aides earned $7.05 an hour and home health aides earned $8.03 an hour (2008).
- Public school spending/investment per pupil in Texas: $8,307.
- Texas ranks 50th in percent of females age 25+ with at least high school diploma.
- Texas school finance challenge is not just one of equity, but adequacy--2006 cut in property taxes created a $9 billion loss each biennium.
- Tuition increases in major Texas universities from 2003 to 2008 average 71%.
- Texas child care workers earn$7.82 per hour--41st in the US (2008).
- Texas ranks 46th in child care funding for low-income children.
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