In rapidly growing Texas, which is home to one in 11 children in the United States, child poverty has continued to increase despite an improving economy, according to a report released Tuesday. There was a 47 percent increase in the rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011, according to the Texas Kids Count report.Full Story
With a civilian labor force of more than 12 million and a gross state product of $1.22 trillion in 2008, Texas has the second largest economy in the United States and the 15th largest in the world. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is one of many agencies that keeps track. The state comptroller stays up with key statistics.
Use this interactive to see which Texas counties have the highest rates of child poverty and unemployment, and to see which counties have the highest raw numbers of children in poverty or people who are unemployed.Full Story
A 2011 settlement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Union Pacific could play a role in ending the current stalemate over the transfer of a Cameron County rail scanning machine.Full Story
Mexico's secretary of the economy on tax reforms in his country, changes that would allow private investment in Mexico's state-owned oil monopoly and his government's thoughts on immigration reform in the United States.Full Story
Texas is a wonderful place to do business. We have a strong economy, great people, rational tort laws and an efficient regulatory environment. Our taxes on business are not our best selling point, but even so, the Tax Foundation misses the mark.Full Story
There’s much that shouldn’t change about Texas’ tax code. I’m a bit jealous of lifelong Texans; you don’t know the sinking feeling of finishing your federal income taxes just to remember that you need to pull out the state tax forms.Full Story
Just weeks before a new rail bridge connecting Texas and Mexico is set to open, controversy surrounding an X-ray machine for the bridge has unfolded and could delay the opening.Full Story
A federal decision last year to move USDA cattle inspectors from Ojinaga, Mexico, to Presidio, Texas, has crippled the local livestock industry on both sides of the impoverished border, ranchers and cattle importers say.Full Story
The percentage of Texans living in poverty dropped from 18.5 percent in 2011 to 17.9 percent in 2012, marking the first decline in the state since the recession began in 2008.
Local governments are anticipating a new program aimed at reducing wait times at the nation's ports. Under the plan, local governments will request extra staffing at border crossings and reimburse the federal government for the services.Full Story
During a conference on border-related issues Wednesday, U.S. and Mexican officials lauded the growing trade relationship between the two countries. But they added that out-of-touch lawmakers are hindering the economic relationship.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific poll of political and governmental insiders, we asked about the state of the state and the country, the quality of the schools and what high school should do, about pensions and paychecks, and about redistricting.Full Story
The number of naturalized citizens in Texas is on the rise, as is the purchasing power and economic output of the state's native-born and immigrant Hispanic and Asian populations, according to an Immigration Policy Center report.Full Story
Lawmakers raced to get several bills passed before the 83rd Legislature's regular session ended. And with Monday's announcement of a special session, their work isn't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short in the regular session.
A study on conditions in the construction industry says that more than 40 percent of construction workers in Texas — about 300,000 — are either misclassified or paid under the table.Full Story
The challenge for Texas leaders is: How do we ensure that our children can compete and thrive in this ever-changing economy?Full Story
In search of new revenue for road construction and maintenance, Texas lawmakers are weighing whether to raise fees on electric cars, a move that is gaining ground in some other states.Full Story
The state's unemployment rate fell for the fourth month in a row in December, capping off a drop of more than 1 percentage point in the rate since December 2011, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday.Full Story
The budget proposals released by lawmakers this week show an interest in revamping school testing and the state's economic incentive programs.Full Story
The two-year-old revenue forecast used to justify massive cuts in the current state budget was wrong — and not by a little bit. But the conservative Legislature elected in 2010 wasn't complaining.Full Story
Republican leaders like to say government should just get out of the way and let the private sector do work its unfettered magic. But during the session, they may have a hard time squaring their stated philosophy with their support for tax giveaways to private industry.Full Story
Austin will be the epicenter of the auto racing world this month when its new, $400 million track — the Circuit of the Americas — hosts the first Formula One race in the United States since 2007.Full Story