Tribpedia: Economy

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.

From January to April of 2017, more than $178 billion in two-way trade has passed through ports in the United States and Mexico, according to a Florida-based think tank.
<p>From January to April of 2017, more than&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ustradenumbers.com/countries/mexico/">$178 billion</a>&nbsp;in two-way trade has passed through ports in the United States and Mexico, according to a Florida-based think tank.</p>

Texas business groups are banding together to keep NAFTA strong

A number of Texas-based business groups have teamed up to prevent a reversal of the good trade relations with Mexico that Texas has enjoyed since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect 23 years ago. 

Construction in downtown Austin's warehouse district on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
<p><span>Construction in downtown Austin's warehouse district on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.</span></p>

Analysis: “Texas Miracle” comes down to earth

In their just-ended legislative session, Texas lawmakers mowed through a list of politically divisive issues that could have lasting effects on how others see a state that's been known for years as a mecca for business.

The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.
<p>The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.</p>

Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn

Dozens of Texas cities have passed ordinances regulating payday and auto title lenders that are stricter than current state and federal rules. Some state lawmakers are hoping to eliminate them.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, listens to testimony on SB2 at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on March 14, 2017.
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, listens to testimony on SB2 at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on March 14, 2017.

Senators grill one another in tense hearing on property tax bill

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt's attempt to limit when cities and counties can increase property tax collections without an election drew bipartisan opposition Tuesday. But many supporters also came to the bill's defense.

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation in February 2016 offered Texans trips in a driverless shuttle that maneuvered along a pre-programmed route in parking lots near Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Alliance for Transportation Innovation in February 2016 offered Texans trips in a driverless shuttle that maneuvered along a pre-programmed route in parking lots near Globe Life Park in Arlington.

GOP lawmaker wants Texas law to catch up to driverless cars

State Rep. Charlie Geren filed a bill this week that aims to overcome the car industry opposition that crushed an autonomous vehicle bill two years ago. But he says there's lots of work left to do on it.

John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.
John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.

Texas' rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course

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A private firm's proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America's biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don't want to give up. 

Texans Against High Speed Rail Chairman Ben Leman, who is also Grimes County judge, stands for a portrait in the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson on Feb. 21, 2017.
Texans Against High Speed Rail Chairman Ben Leman, who is also Grimes County judge, stands for a portrait in the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson on Feb. 21, 2017.

"Come and take it": Eminent domain dispute at heart of bullet train battles

In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm's claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary.

Lasse Kjærgaard Larsen manages district heating in Marstal, the biggest city on the Baltic Sea island of Aero. The utility's solar thermal farm — once the world's largest of its kind — meets 55 percent of this city's heating demands.
Lasse Kjærgaard Larsen manages district heating in Marstal, the biggest city on the Baltic Sea island of Aero. The utility's solar thermal farm — once the world's largest of its kind — meets 55 percent of this city's heating demands.

This energy technology gets no respect at all — but it's cutting carbon

Sometimes called the "Rodney Dangerfield" of the energy industry, the district energy concept has fueled Denmark's shift from fossil fuels. Energy efficiency advocates want to encourage more district energy projects in Texas.

A wind farm generates electricity off the coast of Copenhagen. Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of Denmark's generation last year. Four decades ago, the country depended almost entirely on imported oil.
A wind farm generates electricity off the coast of Copenhagen. Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of Denmark's generation last year. Four decades ago, the country depended almost entirely on imported oil.

1 energy crisis, 2 futures: How Denmark and Texas answered a challenge

Facing the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, Denmark shifted from fossil fuels. Texas responded differently. Here's a look at how things went for each.

L-R, top row: State Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, and Democratic challenger Terry Meza; state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale and Democratic challenger Rhetta Bowers. L-R, bottom row: state Rep. Linda Koop, R-Dallas, and Democratic challenger Laura Irvin; and state Rep. Kenneth Sheets and Democratic challenger Victoria Neave.
L-R, top row: State Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, and Democratic challenger Terry Meza; state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale and Democratic challenger Rhetta Bowers. L-R, bottom row: state Rep. Linda Koop, R-Dallas, and Democratic challenger Laura Irvin; and state Rep. Kenneth Sheets and Democratic challenger Victoria Neave.

Dallas County sees cluster of competitive Texas House races

Four Republican incumbents in North Texas are fighting off Democratic challengers in what could be some of November's closest contests.