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March 20, 2020

America needs a consumer bailout

Federal lawmakers are pushing a $1 trillion stimulus package to help American workers, which is a very nice gesture that could help millions of people...temporarily. But that money will dry up fast and people will still have bills to pay, and unemployment...
May 6, 2016

The Texas Economy, Compared to What?

Ed Note: This article was orginally published in the Austin American-Statesman and is reposted here with permission. There’s a good reason economics is called the dismal science. So let’s turn to jazz music instead of dry statistics to evaluate the Texas...
September 13, 2012

New Report Lays Out 10 Ways To Rebuild the Middle Class

Progress States Network and over 20 other organizations have released a fantastic new report this morning - “10 Ways to Rebuild the Middle Class for Hard Working Americans: Making Work Pay in the 21st Century.” Here is their statement regarding the...
July 18, 2012

Another Lost Generation

The twenty-somethings are in major trouble. Youth unemployment sits at nearly 50% according to 2011 U.S. Census data. That’s correct: almost one out of two youths between the ages of 16-25 can’t find part-time or full-time work. What we are presently...
June 16, 2012

Conservative Legislators to Texans: "How Do I Economy?"

In a biennial “exercise,” state agencies have been ordered by the Legislature to cut 10 percent from current budgets when preparing their proposals for the next two fiscal years. While no programs or services are being cut as of yet, it is not much of a...
October 22, 2011

Why Texas Needs Its Governor Back

Rick Perry has a problem. No, it’s not the name of his hunting lease. It’s not his wobbly performances in the debates. It’s not even where he stands on the issues.