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Flashback: TPPF revised estimate in Texas budget growth down to 9% from nearly 30%

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report in 2014 after the Texas Public Policy Foundation dramatically revised its analysis of the budget passed by the Legislature in 2013. The information here is worth considering after TPPF this week released its “Conservative Texas Budget.”  Bottom line: Once the GOP primaries were concluded in 2014, […]

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Houston’s leadership on workforce can be a model for the nation

Business leaders in Houston seem well-positioned to set the tone for how the rest of the nation addresses workforce challenges, experts agree. During a town hall-style event hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership, health care leaders, construction executives and others discussed ways the private sector is taking the lead to ensure that a quality workforce […]

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Worker misclassification debate starts anew at the Texas Capitol

The issue of worker misclassification promises to loom large once again during the next session of the Texas Legislature – and not just as it relates to the construction industry. Misclassification happens when businesses pretend their labor is being done on a subcontracting basis when by law the people doing the work should be compensated as […]

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Tea Party Senator Calls for Unilateral Disarmament in Competition for Business

Much of the chatter in the business lobby over the past few days suggests that Facebook executives were not happy at all with Tea Party Sen. Konni Burton’s argument that the state needs to “stop throwing our tax dollars to big business.” In this op-ed, the Republican from Colleyville argued that the City of Fort […]

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Texas House and Senate in a Budget Showdown

Facing criticism from Texas House Republican leadership and despite the concerns of one key GOP senator about certain tax cuts, the Texas Senate this past week passed its version of the state’s two-year spending plan on a vote of 30 to 1. Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, cast the lone “no” vote. The $211 billion budget, […]

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Cheating by Unethical Employers Reaches Crisis Levels While Texas Lawmakers Sit on Their Hands

Over the years, the Construction Citizen team has put a bright spotlight on the myriad problems caused by worker misclassification. Those difficulties continue to mount while Texas lawmakers do very little about it, much to the frustration of ethical companies that cannot compete with cheaters, many single mothers who are denied child support payments, conservative […]

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Speaker Straus Hints at What’s to Come in Texas Legislative Session

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said this past week that he is “personally” against repealing in-state tuition for undocumented students, he wants to work with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security, and that The Legislature should avoid “gimmicks” when deciding how to pay for critical infrastructure like roads. In a […]

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Texas Education Reforms are Key in Promoting the Middle Skills

Sweeping education reforms passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 will be a great help to business leaders in Houston as they embark on an unprecedented push to promote “middle skills” jobs. Those are well-paying jobs that, as the Construction Citizen team has been telling you, require more than a high school diploma but less […]

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Texas Voters to Decide on Taking a Step Forward for Road Construction

Note: This story originally appeared on Construction Citizen. Texas is an economic engine unlike any other, but there are things that could put the brakes on our dynamic growth. Congested highways and the unreasonably long commutes that go along with them have the potential to slow commerce in a way that promises to be detrimental […]

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National Guard Deployment Along the Rio Grande is Now Underway

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  BASTROP – The “force multiplier” for the border surge touted by Gov. Perry and other members of the state’s Republican leadership is now becoming a reality as up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops begin […]

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