Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014
The most important key to success in economic development is to create an environment where companies want to locate. This task is achieved through a favorable tax and regulatory climate, a fair and predictable judicial system, excellent education and training at all levels, infrastructure that can sustain a growing economy, and a desirable quality of life. Texas does quite well in some of these areas, but faces notable challenges in others, particularly over the long term.
Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014
U.S. Rep Kay Granger of Fort Worth, Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement announcing the group’s recommendations and solutions:
Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014
Austin — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10.
Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014
Sometimes, the inability to get things done in Washington almost defies belief. In many instances, hard choices have to be made, with intense disagreement about how to allocate scarce resources. Other times, deeply seated philosophical differences about the appropriate role of government make compromise difficult. With regard to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States, however, what should be a simple and obviously desirable extension of the charter for an 80-year-old agency has become a ridiculous (with all due respect) debate.
| |Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2014
There have been plenty of reasons to wear red, white and blue lately.
Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2014
Texas oil production has staged a remarkable comeback over the past few years, and the size and speed of the upswing are impressive and surprising to many people (including me). I get asked a lot of questions about the oil business as I travel around the state; it’s a topic near and dear to many hearts. Here are some of the aspects of the current oil surge which I find most interesting.
Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014
Student loans are once again in the news, with the Obama Administration proposing to add some five million individuals with outstanding loan balances to the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) plan. The plan caps student loan payments at 10 percent of income, and loan balances disappear after 20 years (10 years for persons working in the public sector). Most students now taking out loans can already access PAYE, but many of those with older loans have not been eligible. In addition, many students with loans are unaware of the PAYE option. The new proposal would enhance both the availability of the program and efforts to make students aware of its existence.
Tuesday, May. 27, 2014
Although the economy is finally almost back to where it stood before the recent recession by some measures, other indicators remain depressingly off. Job gains have been spotty, both in terms of industry and geography. Some states are still struggling to deal with high unemployment and a lack of opportunities. In addition, long-term unemployment is a problem, with many job seekers giving up. Fallout from the recession also continues for state and local governments, which experienced notable declines in tax receipts when the economy went into recession.
Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer.