THE ECONOMIST: Gigantic gridiron gyrations

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Over 40+ years and thousands of projects, I have examined pandemics, natural disasters, oil market collapses, financial meltdowns, and all manner of mayhem. One...

THE ECONOMIST: Outlook for Texas metropolitan area economies

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The economic upheaval of 2020 impacted all corners of Texas. As centers of employment, the largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) experienced the bulk of...

THE ECONOMIST: This stuff matters!

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CNBC regularly ranks the top states for business — and the winner was … not Texas! The Lone Star State came in fourth after...

THE ECONOMIST: Oil’s well!

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The energy sector remains a key driver of the Texas economy. It dominates state exports; drilling, production, transportation, and processing activity involve substantial investments;...

THE ECONOMIST: Falling STAAR

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for spring 2021. (See https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2021-staar-analysis-presentation.pdf for...

THE ECONOMIST: What a difference a year made

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A year ago, the economy had begun to stabilize after two months of cataclysmic decline due to COVID-19 and the massive response. Almost overnight,...

THE ECONOMIST: Inflated inflation influence

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Calm down! Recent inflation reports have caused alarm and, frankly, overreaction. The overall Consumer Price Index increased again in May, bringing the rate over...

THE ECONOMIST: The session

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The recent legislative session will not soon be forgotten. The focus was perpetually on anything but initiatives required to move Texas forward. Some high...

THE ECONOMIST: The outlook for the Texas economy

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to fall and vaccination rates rising, things are beginning to feel a bit more normal. The economy is growing, and...

THE ECONOMIST: The wrong answer

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Texas recently opted out of federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $300 weekly supplement. The reason often given is that...