Salvador Ayala

7-Year Decline of Civic Literacy

7-Year Decline of Civic Literacy

A recent survey found only one out of four Americans can name all three branches of government, showing a significant decline from just seven years ago. Despite these dismal numbers, emerging evidence suggests a resurgence in civics education across the country. The...
Lessons in the Failed Minimum Wage

Lessons in the Failed Minimum Wage

In June, voters in Washington, D.C. approved a measure to increase the minimum wage to $15 for servers and other employees relying largely on tips to make a living. Known as Initiative 77, and approved by a margin of 55 to 44 percent, the increase is part of a broader...
Property Taxes Are Keeping Families Apart

Property Taxes Are Keeping Families Apart

A Mansfield couple has seen their property tax bill rise nearly $1,200 since they purchased their home five years ago. Robbin and Andy Hallford bought their home in 2013 for $226,000 and have seen its value increase to $295,106 in 2017. Expected to rise again this...
State Contracting Woes Persist in Texas

State Contracting Woes Persist in Texas

State contracting is a critical component of Texas government. The latest edition of Fiscal Notes, a newsletter published by the state comptroller’s office, examines the state’s contracting process and what safeguards exist to guarantee few, if any, issues arise. In...