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24.04.01 By Rogé Karma. Atlantic Monthly, April 2024, pp. 11-14.
Considers the difference between the state of the economy, as measured and understood by facts and data, and how Americans feel about it.
24.04.02 By Mike Christen. Austin Business Journal, March 22-28, 2024, p. A15.
Discusses the Travis County Court’s acceptance of a request from Austin Transit Partnership to seek court validation of its bond procurement process and combine the review with a lawsuit that questions the new train lines’ financing methods.
24.04.03 By Scott Carlson. Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2024, pp. 36-39, 41.
Considers the recent decline of public confidence in the value of higher education. Refers to an American Enterprise Institute report titled Perspectives on Opportunity: The Value of a Bachelor’s Degree.
24.04.04 By Andy Medici. Dallas Business Journal, March 15-21, 2024, pp. 12-13, 16.
Discusses the concept of dynamic pricing (or surge pricing) and its growing use in restaurants, as well as the impact it might have on the relationship between businesses and their customers.
24.04.05 By Olina Banerji. Education Week, March 20, 2024, p. 16.
Looks at the details of the recent litigation brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against several Texas school districts.
24.04.06 By Trinity Elkins and Spencer Grubbs. Fiscal Notes, March 2024, p. 1.
Interviews John Villarreal, the manager of the Comptroller’s economic development team, about the new economic development incentives program enacted by HB 5, 88th Legislature, R.S., including what projects qualify; the application approval process; the "compelling factor test;" and the key differences between the Jobs, Energy, Technology and Innovation Act program and the retired Chapter 313 program.
24.04.07 By John Kelly. The Imprint: Youth & Family News, March 20, 2024, p. 1.
Presents recent federal child welfare data on foster care and adoptions, according to the latest annual report of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), published by the Children's Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children and Families. Finds that the overall number of youths in foster care in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico decreased to 368,530 in 2022. Notes that data collected directly from the states indicates the downward trend continued in 2023. Includes state-level statistics found within state data tables in the Children's Bureau's related report and data visualization.
24.04.08 By Eric Laschever. Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2024, pp. 37-41.
Highlights funding provided through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), H.R. 5376, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), H.R. 3684, for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs addressing coastal resiliency. Acknowledges the need to ensure these resources are delivered equitably.
24.04.09 By Sam Russek. New Republic, April 2024, pp. 8-9.
Profiles James McIngvale, known to many as Mattress Mack. Discusses McIngvale’s affluent familial background, historical failures and successes in business, instrumental utilization of advertising and the press, and interest in right-wing politics in Houston.
24.04.10 By Cathy Landry. Oil and Gas Journal, February-March 2024, pp. 8-9.
Discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed rule, called the waste emissions charge, that is part of the Methane Emissions Reduction Program.
24.04.11 By Kindaka J. Sanders. St. Mary's Law Journal, Winter 2024, pp. 147-260 (Note Length).
Examines "ostrich laws," such as Florida's Stop WOKE Act and Texas' SB 3 (87th Legislature, 1st C.S.) and HB 3979 (87th Legislature, R.S.) that ban the teaching of such subjects as critical race theory. Explores critical race theory and the arguments for and against it; discusses the history and thought behind ostrich laws and posits that they run counter to the 14th amendment right to free and equal thought.
24.04.12 By Emmy Powell. Texas Agriculture, March 1, 2024, p. 28.
Summarizes the National Cotton Council of America’s (NCC) 43rd Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Shows that Texas farmers plan to plant nearly 5.3 million acres of upland cotton, down 5.1 percent from last year, while U.S. cotton farmers intend to plant 9.8 million cotton acres, down 3.7 percent from 2023. Notes that the decrease is due to an expected increase in corn, peanut, and soybean acres, as well as economic uncertainty in the cotton market.
24.04.13 Texas Housers, March 14, 2024, p. 1.
Summarizes the findings of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's The Gap report, which found that for extremely low-income households in Texas, there are only 34 available affordable housing units per every 100 households. Includes 2024 Texas Housing Profile and recommends policy solutions to expand affordable housing.

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