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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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"Everything's bigger in Texas — including higher ed challenges." By Hilary Burns. Austin Business Journal, July 2-8, 2021, p. 16
Presents University of Texas System Chancellor James Milliken's comments on how the system's institutions plan to serve the growing and diverse student population.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/digital-edition ...
"Needed: An effective nuclear energy policy." By Katie Tubb. Backgrounder (Heritage Foundation), July 1, 2021, pp. 1-30 (Note Length)
Presents recommendations related to nuclear energy policy in the U.S. Covers nuclear waste management and cleanup, federal regulation, development and commercialization of nuclear energy sources, and financial considerations such as taxation of nuclear energy and insuring nuclear reactors.
See: https://www.heritage.org/sites/default/files/2021- ...
"Republicans and elections: Razing Arizona." Economist, July 3rd-9th, 2021, pp. 29-30, 32, 34
Discusses Arizona's audit of the 2020 presidential election and the increase in election-related legislation in Republican-controlled state legislatures.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/07/03 ...
"One big reason schools are ditching remote learning: The cost." By Mark Lieberman. Education Week, June 16, 2021, pp. 6-7
Examines the financial complexities of funding online learning, including challenges of long-term financial sustainability. Discusses recent state budget cuts to online learning and related legislation on virtual schooling in Texas.
"Fiscal conservatives agree: Teachers need higher pay." By Matthew Lysiak. Newsmax, July 2021, pp. 16-17
Reviews a recent National Education Association report detailing teachers' starting and average salaries by state. Discusses pay-related teacher recruitment issues and a teacher shortage in many school districts across the nation. Mentions an Economic Policy Institute report that evaluates the teacher pay gap — the difference between teacher salaries and the salaries of comparably-educated workers in other fields.
Report at: https://www.epi.org/publication/teacher-pay-penalt ...
Report at: https://www.nea.org/resource-library/teacher-pay-a ...
"Yes, some people really are faking their COVID vaccine cards." By Jenni Bergal. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 29, 2021, pp. 1-4
Reports on the thriving black market in fake vaccine cards and the response by state legislators and state attorneys general.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"The impact of the Biden administration's tax proposals by state and congressional district." By Huaqun Li, et al. Tax Foundation, June 30, 2021, pp. 1-6
Analyzes the potential tax impact of the Biden administration's fiscal year 2022 budget, including the American Families Plan (AFP) and American Jobs Plan (AJP), by state and congressional district for the years 2022 to 2031.
See: https://taxfoundation.org/biden-tax-plan-impact-st ...
Related information at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statement ...
Related information at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statement ...
Report at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021 ...
"Nearing the eviction cliff: What we're observing in Harris County courtrooms." Texas Housers, June 25, 2021, pp. 1-4
Presents data on eviction court cases in the City of Houston in March and April 2021. Explains issues affecting tenants requesting eviction relief during the COVID-19 crisis such as long processing times for aid through the Texas Rental Relief program (TRR), as well as lack of legal aid for tenants and the eminent expiration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s federal eviction moratorium.
See: https://texashousers.org/2021/06/25/hesn-cdc-evict ...
"Who decides? Co-parenting and vaccines." By Holly Rampy Baird and Paula Bennett. Texas Lawyer, July/August 2021, pp. 36, 38
Clarifies children's medical treatment and COVID-19 vaccination issues for parents who are co-parenting with a former spouse.
See: https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2021/05/04/in-shar ...