This year alone, 18 states increased their minimum wage and 30 states now have a minimum wage that exceeds the federal government's $7.25-per-hour rate. Many of Texas' major cities have boosted pay, too. Will the state follow suit?
More and more states have decided to expand Medicaid, but Texas has not budged. With more than a half million Texans in the so-called health coverage gap, will the politics of the issue shift in next year's legislative session?
An increase in federal funding for subsidized child care has slashed waitlists for care across the state, but advocates argue that it's still not enough to fully serve the number of low-income children who qualify for care.