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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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August 04, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"Texas isn't the bargain it was." By Shelly Hagan. Bloomberg Businessweek, July 25, 2022, p. 26
Suggests that rising salaries and living costs in major cities could be discouraging out-of-state employers from moving operations to Texas.
"Seeking solutions." Classroom Teacher (Texas Classroom Teachers Association), Summer 2022, pp. 16-18
Discusses efforts of Texas lawmakers to improve school safety in the aftermath of the shootings at Robb Elementary School and Santa Fe High School. Quotes Senators Robert Nichols, Charles Perry, and Royce West, all members of the Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans.
See: https://issuu.com/texascta/docs/tcta_summer2022_no ...
"Immigration and the economy: Not coming to America." Economist, July 30th-August 12th, 2022, pp. 22-23
Discusses the economic impact of the decline in net international migration and failure of comprehensive immigration reform on the labor market. Notes the foreign-born make up one-fifth of workers in professional and business services.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/28 ...
"Maternal health: Mortal danger for mothers." Economist, July 23rd-29th, 2022, p. 25
Suggests restrictive abortion laws could exacerbate medical problems in pregnancy, increasing the danger to pregnant women in states with a long history of high maternal mortality rates.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/19 ...
"Growth in nursing." By Joshua Mann. Houston Business Journal, July 29-August 4, 2022, p. 20
Highlights the growing demand for nurses and new nursing degree programs.
"Texas rent growth tracks with inbound residents who can afford it." By Anna Butler. Houston Business Journal, July 15-21, 2022, p. 9
Reports rising commercial and residential rents are not deterring new inbound Texas residents. Highlights a report that finds almost 50 percent of new inbound Texas residents reported incomes over $150,000.
Related information at: https://ma.moodys.com/rs/961-KCJ-308/images/Texas ...
"Do states with easier access to guns have more suicide deaths by firearm?" By Heather Saunders. Kaiser Family Foundation, July 18, 2022, pp. 1-6
Compares firearm suicide rates with firearm law provisions by state. Finds more than twice as many suicides by firearm occur in states with the fewest gun laws and non-firearm suicide rates are relatively stable across all states.
See: https://www.kff.org/other/issue-brief/do-states-wi ...
"In defense of Dobbs." By Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review, August 1, 2022, pp. 22-24
Argues against the dissenting opinion in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Discusses the history of abortion laws, related rights such as contraception and same-sex marriage, and the treatment of legal precedent.
See: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2022/08/01 ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-139 ...
"The post-Roe era." By Jia Tolentino. New Yorker, July 4, 2022, pp. 15-18
Presents a broad overview of abortion-related topics in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, including the distribution of abortion pills, fetal personhood laws, and delayed or denied care for pregnant women. Discusses the mechanism of SB 8, 87th Legislature, R.S., and speculates that similar laws could target individual patients seeking abortions.
"Essential energy: The economic importance of the Permian Basin, Part 1 of 2." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 1-5
Highlights results of a recent study on the economic and fiscal benefits of the oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin to Texas and the United States.
"Essential energy: Texas' role in meeting global energy needs, Part 2 of 2." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 1-6
Discusses the role of major fields such as the Permian Basin in meeting state and worldwide energy needs. Points out fuel production of both traditional sources of oil and gas as well as renewable energy sources are vital to meeting energy demand and climate goals.
"Federal dollars could drive electric-vehicle charging across Texas." By Jessica Rindels and Michael D. Plante. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Second Quarter 2022, p. 18
Discusses how Texas could use federal funds made available by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand its network of electric vehicle charging stations in rural areas and along interstates.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house ...
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2022/swe220 ...
"Texas home prices rose at record pace in 2021." By Luis Torres. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Second Quarter 2022, p. 19
Details how factors such as low mortgage rates, remote work, federal stimulus checks, unemployment payments, and a surging stock market contributed to record high increases in Texas house prices last year.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2022/swe220 ...
"Rate hike could speed balance growth for income-driven student loan repayment plans." By Brian Denten and Lexi West. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), July 28, 2022, pp. 1-5
Calculates repayment outcomes for undergraduate borrowers using previous and new interest rates.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"Texas leaders must help parents seeking mental health support for their children." By Josette Saxton. Texans Care for Children, June 22, 2022, pp. 1-20
Describes the children's mental health crisis in Texas before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and examines the progress Texas has made in supporting children's mental health and service gaps that remain. Includes creation of the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT), a project of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.
See: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5728d34462c ...
"State grant aid and Pell grants." By Sandy Baum and Fanny Terrones. Urban Institute Brief, July 21, 2022, pp. 1-19
Addresses impending modifications to the Pell grant program and potential implications for state grant aid. Provides examples of actual state grant programs and how increases in Pell are likely to affect them.
See: https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/ ...