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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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"Rising steel costs." By Ryan Salchert. Dallas Business Journal, May 28th-June 3rd, 2021, pp. 16-19
Discusses the impact of rising steel prices on Dallas-Fort Worth's booming industrial market. Notes the steel price per ton since January 2020 has jumped from $570 to $1,460, with a seven to eight month delivery time.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/digital-edition ...
"The role of the state." Economist, May 22nd-May 28th, 2021, pp. 21-23
Discusses President Joe Biden's ambitious reworking of American safety-net programs through the American Families Plan. Argues President Biden would like his final role to be "author of the biggest experiment in social policy since the 1960s."
"Texas politics: Red-faced." Economist, May 29th-June 4th, 2021, pp. 21-22
Provides a wrap-up of the 87th Legislature, calling it "the most conservative legislative session in a generation."
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/05/29 ...
"Vacant Texas nursing home may become transitional housing for foster youth." Imprint, May 20, 2021, p. 1
Discusses a plan by the nonprofit Unlimited Potential to turn a former College Station nursing home into about 25 transitional apartments for youth aging out of foster care.
See: https://imprintnews.org/news-briefs/vacant-texas-n ...
"Narrow the gender pay gap, reduce poverty for families: The economic impact of equal pay by state." By Elyse Shaw and Halie Mariano. Institute for Women's Policy Research, May 2021, pp. 1-12
Argues poverty for working women — especially single mothers — would be reduced by more than 40 percent if women received equal pay with comparable men. Provides state-level statistics on the impact of equal pay on women's poverty and state economies.
See: https://iwpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Econom ...
"The conditional effects of health on voter turnout." By Gregory Lyon. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, June 2021, pp. 409-433
Examines the relationship between self-reported health and voter turnout. Argues health may narrow the scope of U.S. democracy as poor health pushes low-income citizens out of the electoral sphere while high-income citizens continue to turn out to vote regardless of their underlying health conditions.
"Power in the union." By Bryce Covert. Nation, May 31-June 7, 2021, pp. 22-25
Describes the debate over in-person schooling and the experiences of teachers in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Howard County, Maryland, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses teacher union demands for COVID-19 protocols, ventilation of school buildings, and vaccine prioritization.
"State plans for accelerating student learning: A preliminary analysis." National Governors Association, April 21, 2021, pp. 1-15
Provides an overview of strategies states are employing to close student achievement gaps created by the pandemic and accelerate student learning this summer and during the 2021-22 school year. Discusses new federal funding available through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Funds (GEER). Includes links to additional resources for state leaders.
Related information at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilizatio ...
Related information at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilizatio ...
See: https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Rev ...
"Infrastructure overhaul should focus more on safety, advocates say." By Jenni Bergal. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), May 27, 2021, pp. 1-4
Promotes a “safe system” approach to road planning that redesigns roads systemwide to reduce or eliminate risks that result in serious traffic injuries or deaths.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"Death of a tax break: An economic development tax abatement's path to demise." By Brad Johnson. Texan, May 28, 2021, pp. 1-3
Discusses the failure of HB 4242, 87th Legislature, that would have provided a two-year extension of Texas Tax Code Chapter 313, the Texas Economic Development Act. Quotes Senators Lois Kolkhorst and Bob Hall and Representative Jeff Cason.
"Subsidy shuffle." By Jefferey Ball. Texas Monthly, June 2021, pp. 70-78
Examines the Texas Legislature's opposition during the 87th legislative session to wind and solar energy subsidies. Discusses how governments subsidize energy and how the fossil fuel industry benefits from not being charged for its social and environmental costs. Considers recent studies on energy subsidies by the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute and a recent study on "implicit" fossil fuel subsidies by Yale University economist Matthew J. Kotchen. Includes a chart tracking Texas subsidies by energy type from 2010 to 2020.
Related information at: https://energy.utexas.edu/policy/fce/publications
Related information at: https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/118/14/e20119691 ...