The long-term economic forecast for Texas’ largest cities

Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The Texas economy is driven by the state’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). While smaller population centers and rural areas are significant contributors, the biggest urban centers serve as the primary nexus for business and opportunity for individuals and companies across the state. Through 2040, about three of every four new jobs will be in one of Texas’ six largest MSAs. Some highlights from our most recent long-term forecast for these areas and the smaller metropolitan areas are summarized below.

Lived here 25 years? Sorry, but we’re not sure you can vote

| |Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014

Confusion ensues when a letter asks a Parker County resident to verify her address.

County Republican party headquarters opens its doors for this election cycle

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

September is here and with it, the campaigning and activity for the November election. The Parker County Republican Party Headquarters, located at 1 Austin Place, on the northeastern corner of the square, is opened to help voters in any way possible. The hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If closed, please leave your name and address under the door and they will call you back.

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

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Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014

Dear Editor,

TxDOT, law enforcement partner to save lives with ‘Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.’ initiative

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

In Texas, there is a traffic crash about every 20 minutes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.

Letter to the Editor

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Dear Editor,

HB 5 brings about sweeping changes, sparks conversation

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

As a new school year approaches, discussing how communities, students and schools can work together to improve educational outcomes for our children is important.

ALEC First Vice Chair Rep. Phil King to serve as 2015 National Chair

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, has been named next year’s national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an assignment that will put the Weatherford Republican atop one of most influential national groups focused on state policy.

A fresh look at employment growth

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

National employment growth once again topped the 200,000 level in July, putting together the longest string of monthly gains of that magnitude since the late 1990s. The latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows an increase of 209,000, bringing the total US job gain over the past 12 months to almost 2.3 million. While the unemployment rate ticked up very slightly to 6.2 percent because there were more new entrants into the workforce than jobs added, there has been notable improvement over the past year. We are finally well over the prior peak back in January 2008, and the job situation is showing signs of lasting and sustainable improvement. The numbers of people losing their jobs has been trending downward, signaling stability. However, there are still some problem areas.