December 9th, 2019
More than 40 percent of all jobs in the Houston region will be held by immigrants in the next two decades, per a study from the Center for Houston’s Future focused on the economic realities of what the immigrant workforce...
October 30th, 2019
The filmmakers at the Rational Middle have now also launched a podcast tackling the tough topic of immigration.
June 26th, 2019
With an initial investment of $2.5 million, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday morning told Quorum Report he is launching a new PAC called Texas Forever Forward with a goal of promoting “a thoughtful,...
June 6th, 2019
In a move that surprised veterans of the legislative process in Austin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week said he would act unilaterally to extend the life of the state agency that oversees plumbers.
May 20th, 2019
Cities and Counties in Texas will still be able to tell private employers that they must provide paid sick leave, something Republicans in the Legislature failed to rein in this year. The Texas House on Sunday effectively...
May 9th, 2019
Dead in the Water: Legislation to End In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Gains no Traction at Texas Legislature
Business groups and others opposed to ending the so-called Texas Dream Act, a state law that provides a tuition break for certain undocumented students, appear to have been successful during this session of the Texas...
May 2nd, 2019
With deadlines fast approaching in the Texas legislative session, Republican leaders are moving ahead with a new package of proposals aimed at reining in the ability of cities and counties to regulate certain employment...
April 10th, 2019
There’s new life to an effort to ban local governments in Texas from requiring that private employers provide paid sick leave.
March 14th, 2019
Texas Republicans are once again taking aim at government-mandated collective bargaining agreements on taxpayer-funded construction projects around the state. A legislative hearing on the issue on Wednesday, though,...
March 6th, 2019
A Texas Senate committee has signed off on a proposed ban on city ordinances that require private employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
November 7th, 2019
As Protections for Young Immigrants Face Supreme Court Scrutiny, Texas Business Leaders Push Legislative Solution
As attorneys prepare to make arguments about protections for young immigrants before the United States Supreme Court next week, nearly 50 business leaders from around Texas asked Senators John Cornyn and Ted
July 31st, 2019
“If there’s one thing that we know about the American economy, we need two things: We need the skilled engineer as much as we need the skilled farmworker. The innovation that we’ve built in the US over generations depends on...
June 17th, 2019
Bypassing Legislature, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order to Continue State Oversight of Plumbers
After weeks of speculation about how he would be able to do it unilaterally, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he has signed an executive order to extend the life of the state agency that oversees the plumbing industry.
May 28th, 2019
Plumbing to Become Unregulated in Texas After Lawmakers Fail to Reauthorize Agency That Oversees Industry
One of the few licensed trades in Texas will no longer be regulated after lawmakers in Austin failed to extend the life of the state agency that oversees plumbers.
May 15th, 2019
Prior to what turned out to be a disappointing IPO for investors, ridesharing giant Uber Technologies told the federal government that it was moving to settle thousands of claims by drivers that they should be compensa
May 6th, 2019
Months ago when the Big Three first unveiled this session’s signature property tax “relief” bill, and remember it was introduced as the “Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019,” they were flanked at a news conference by...
April 25th, 2019
In defiance of Republican leadership at the Texas Capitol moving toward banning such a move, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday voted to require that p
March 20th, 2019
The filmmakers behind the award-winning Rational Middle documentary series on immigration will showcase their work and host a discussion on the issue at an
March 7th, 2019
Study: Immigrants Paid More Than $9 Billion in Federal Taxes, $3.5 Billion in State and Local Taxes in 2016 in Houston Alone
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday told a group of business leaders and others gathered at Rice University that he’s proud to lead a city that’s fighting the Texas Legislature’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants...
February 13th, 2019
The Republican-led push to cancel out mandatory paid sick leave rules for private employers in Austin, San Antonio, and any other city that tries something similar began in earnest today as Gov. Greg Abbott told a crowd of...