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The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Friday.

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May 19, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"The gravity-defying housing market." By Jonnelle Marte and Catarina Saraiva. Bloomberg Businessweek, May 9, 2022, pp. 26-28
Predicts the effects of the Federal Reserve's increased interest rate on the U.S. housing market. Posits that low housing inventory and high demand for homes may negate the actions of the Fed.
"The new intellectual isolationism." By Karin Fischer. Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2022, pp. 16-20
Explores the effect of international tensions on academic collaborations between institutions in some countries. Mentions Texas A&M University's shutdown of the International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction (iHESP) due to security concerns raised by working with a Chinese partner.
See: https://www.chronicle.com/article/is-geopolitics-c ...
"Investing in infrastructure: Encompassing roads and bridges, broadband, energy, water quality and more, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offers states unprecedented opportunities." By Ben Reynolds. CSG Capitol Ideas, Issue 2 2022, pp. 16-19
Outlines the new federal funding available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Public Law 117-58. Mentions the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority.
See: https://issuu.com/csg.publications/docs/ci_issue_2 ...
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/117/plaws/publ58/PLAW-117 ...
"The new life cycle of an employee: How employers and states are handling workforce shifts accelerated by COVID-19 and the Great Resignation." By Abeer Sikder. CSG Capitol Ideas, Issue 2 2022, pp. 12-15
Discusses the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce and identifies ways state policymakers can support the various phases of the employee life cycle: recruiting and job seeking, training and re-training, upskilling, and retaining.
See: https://issuu.com/csg.publications/docs/ci_issue_2 ...
"Educating the undocumented: Meanness to migrants." Economist, May 14th-20th, 2022, pp. 23, 26
Discusses Governor Greg Abbott's recent comments on Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to provide free schooling to undocumented children.
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See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/05/14 ...
"Wrongful convictions: Delayed justice." Economist, May 14th-20th, 2022, p. 26
Reports professional exonerators, including Conviction Integrity Units in prosecutors' offices, were responsible for 60 percent of overturned convictions last year.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/05/14 ...
"Beyond 'don't say gay': Other states seek to limit LGBTQ youth, teaching." By Stephen Sawchuk. Education Week, April 27, 2022, pp. 12-13
Details recent bills state legislatures are considering that would affect LGBTQ students in the school environment. Examines bills related to curriculum and instruction, gender affirming care, student clubs, library materials, and pronoun usage.
"Money really does grow on trees." By Emily Burleson. Houston Business Journal, April 15-21, 2022, pp. 20-25
Highlights a new technology that turns lumber waste into gasoline and jet fuel and the Houston company seeking to help Texas capitalize on it. Notes Southeast Texas could become the center of commercial renewable fuels.
"What's after burnout." By Bryce Covert. Nation, May 16-23, 2022, pp. 19-24
Outlines the many challenges facing overworked nurses, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses insufficient hospital staffing, unsafe working conditions, labor strikes, and the emotional toll of caring for COVID patients.
See: https://www.thenation.com/article/society/nurses-s ...
"Our inhumane border." By Carine Hajjar. National Review, May 16, 2022, pp. 13-14
Recounts events from the author's week of law enforcement ride-alongs on the Texas-Mexico border. Details the dangers faced by immigrants and the struggles of law enforcement in Texas border counties.
See: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2022/05/16 ...
"Film tax incentives back in the spotlight." By Jackson Brainerd and Andrea Jimenez. NCSL Fiscal Brief, May 5, 2022, pp. 1-11
Highlights recent actions by state legislatures to implement or expand film tax incentives. Includes a table of states’ most current film incentive programs.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/fiscal-policy/film-t ...
"Can the global 'autocratic tsunami' be stopped?" By David Rieff. New Republic, May 2022, pp. 12-16
Notes the rise in authoritarian powers across the globe and reflects on the potential reasons for their recent successes over liberal democracies.
"The five-year outlook for the Texas economy." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 1-3, 6
Reports Texas is likely to remain among the world's strongest economies for the foreseeable future.
"How government can make broadband more affordable." By Kevin Schwartzbach. Rockefeller Institute of Government, May 5, 2022, pp. 1-8
Examines the importance of affordability in universal access to broadband infrastructure. Explores policies to make affordable broadband widely available, including direct consumer subsidies and low-cost plans provided through municipal programs or public-private partnerships.
See: https://rockinst.org/blog/how-government-can-make- ...
"Census aims for better U.S. statistical portrait." By Jeffery Mervis. Science, May 6, 2022, pp. 563-564
Discusses changes the U.S. Census Bureau may implement to improve data quality and reduce costs.
"In 1973, a leak at the Supreme Court broke news of an imminent ruling on Roe v. Wade." By Meilan Solly. Smithsonian Magazine, May 4, 2022, pp. 1-3
Recalls the circumstances surrounding the leak of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
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See: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-orig ...
"Property tax and renewables: Guide to analyzing and drafting tax clauses." By Laura Bowen and Stephen Grant. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, March 2022, pp. 42-48
Discusses tax implications of renewable energy projects from the perspectives of the landowner and the renewable energy project developer.
"Ranking property taxes on the 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index." By Janelle Cammenga. Tax Foundation, May 10, 2022, pp. 1-4
Discusses the property tax component of the 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index. Ranks Texas 37th in terms of the competitiveness of its property tax structure in attracting business investment.
Report at: https://files.taxfoundation.org/20220104110127/202 ...
See: https://taxfoundation.org/ranking-property-taxes-2 ...
"Conservative trend emerges in May school board races in Texas." By Isaiah Mitchell. Texan, May 10, 2022, pp. 1-3
Analyzes several high-profile Texas school board races, noting that candidates that prioritized transparency and opposed critical race theory won elections over candidates that supported test elimination, diversity measures, and funding increases.
See: https://thetexan.news/conservative-trend-emerges-i ...
"Texas Legislature to study interim charges related to agriculture." By Julie Tomascik. Texas Agriculture, May 6, 2022, p. 8
Recaps the agriculture-related interim charges for both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, ranging from feral hogs to border security.
See: https://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-legislature-to-s ...
"Providing a clean slate: Removing barriers to employment." By Nikki Pressley. Texas Public Policy Foundation, April 2022, pp. 1-8
Highlights the negative effects of a criminal record on employment, housing, and the economy. Discusses current Texas policy related to criminal record relief, and argues Texas should automate the record sealing process for those entitled to an order of nondisclosure (OND).
See: https://www.texaspolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/202 ...