There is a need to improve Texas’s inclusive institutional framework for increased job creation and community and family involvement that supports the dignity of work, permanent self-sufficiency, and paths to prosperity. This is part of our Opportunity Project. But even in a robust economic situation, some individuals are likely to fall through the cracks of the system, which necessitates improved workforce development and reduced governmental barriers to entrepreneurship, while others have already fallen through the cracks.
Therefore, family, communities, churches, nonprofits, and other institutions are important to help people get back on their feet and flourish. But, currently, not everyone has access to these institutions, so there is a limited role for government to temporarily assist those in need.
Testimony in Support Before the Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services