Allyson R Waller
is an investigative reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune. She is a third-year journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. Allyson has previously reported for The Bryan-College Station Eagle and Houstonia Magazine. She is the current president of UT’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has written for the student-run publication ORANGE Magazine and served as its assistant ATX editor. Last year, she worked for the UT newspaper, The Daily Texan, as a general reporter and a senior crime reporter, where she reported on campus crime and safety.
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.