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How to boost the economy and humanity of Texas? Be more welcoming to LGBTQ residents — and make it law

The pandemic has resulted in millions of layoffs and furloughs, and a steep double-digit drop in revenue. And now comes an idea, requiring no federal bailout money, to boost jobs, production and tax revenue: pass a non-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ people across Texas. The timing of the proposal seems odd, given the COVID-19 crisis. […]

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9 Ways to Make Texas’ Economy More Resilient and Fair – Houston Public Media

Waitress Fatima Hernandez talks to customers at El Tiempo Cantina. JThe nine-point Playbook for Resiliency calls for access to health care, child care and family support wages for these positions. As Texas businesses continue to reopen in phases, some public policy experts are looking further into the future. They want to make sure the Lone […]

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Texas Economy Slowly Reopens, But Our Electricity Usage Doesn’t Show It

May 27, 2020 Texas’ economy is slowly reopening as retailers, restaurants and gyms restart operations, but Texans aren’t using more electricity. Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle/Team Photographer Texas’ economy is slowly reopening as retailers, restaurants and gyms restart operations, but Texans aren’t using more electricity. The state’s grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, reported […]

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Public health expert weighs in on reopening Texas economy

TEXAS — Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference on Monday announced the next wave of businesses allowed to resume operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. What do you want to know Phase 2 of plan to reopen Texas economy includes bars, daycare centers and many other businesses Governor Greg Abbott cited positivity rate and […]

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Illegal immigration is a boon to Texas economy, new study finds

WASHINGTON — The state of Texas earned more than $420 million from immigrants living in the state illegally in 2018, according to a new study from Rice University. The study, which replicates an outdated state comptroller report, finds that for every dollar the Texas state government spends on the roughly 1.6 million people living illegally […]

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Texas economy in ‘spin’ according to Dallas Federal Reserve

New data from the Dallas Federal Reserve shows a Texas economy in a “spin”. Words like “dipped” and “decimated” pepper the report which paints a grim picture of the state’s outlook for 2020. Texas’ economy went into hibernation in mid-March to battle COVID-19, and it precipitated massive layoffs that hit the arts and recreation sector […]

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Businesses test the waters as Texas economy begins to reopen

AUSTIN, Texas — After Governor Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home order expired last Friday, Texas entered Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen the economy, with restaurants and many retailers allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Some Texas retailers began reopening on Friday Could only open to 25% capacity Dripping Springs distillery among those to reopen […]