Economic Issues

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    July 1, 2014

    Texas Republican Thinks Cutting Aid to Central America Will Cut Immigration Influx Problem

    With an influx of women and children coming to the United States illegally from Central America, more money might soon be spent domestically while cutting down foreign aid. United States Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) on Monday introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    The Problem With Saying "First World Problems"

    Over the past couple years, a new meme or slang phrase has entered our lexicon: "first world problem." It has now reached the tipping point of ubiquity where even your typically uncool friends have picked up on it and started saying it, despite the fact that those "in the know" have been throwing it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    The Texas Supreme Court is Interested in the Keystone Pipeline Case, Go Figure

    When the Texas Supreme Court agreed to take a look at the case, The Crawford Family Farm Partnership vs. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LLC. it's a fair bet that everyone and their dog thought the justices would have their minds made up before they even got the case file. Well, it seems everyone an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Raising the Minimum Wage Would Reduce Poverty, the GOP Thinks "Tough Love" Is Better

    If you've been driving around in just about any major American city, you have probably seen strikes (of a sort) by fast-food workers -- who generally make minimum wage which is currently $7.25 per hour -- asking for a raise. And, inevitably, this has set off a political debate about whether we shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Did the Great Recession of 2008 Create a Generation of Progressives?

    Before Nixon exposed the cracks and Reagan finally broke the back of the "New Deal Coalition" -- the voting groups that comprised the Democrats' electoral advantage for over a generation: big city machines, labor unions, minorities (racial, ethnic and religious), liberal farm groups, intellectuals, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Let Them Eat Cake: The Poverty of Libertarianism

    The GOP's ill-fated strategy to defund Obamacare via a government shutdown ended in a political defeat for the Republicans. But the Libertarian Party was happy: "Elected Republicans in the House can stimulate the productive private sector by slowing down Big Government," said Geoffrey J. Neale, cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Does It Mean Anything to Be a Democrat Anymore?

    "The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Fast Food Employees Across Houston Striking Today for Higher Wages

    In the wake of strikes that started in New York back in November and more protests throughout the Midwest earlier this summer, fast food employees in the South and on the West Coast are planning walk-outs of their own. Today, fast food workers in more than 35 cities across the country are striking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Survey: Debit Card Use Exceeds Credit Cards Since Recession

    The use of debit cards has markedly increased since the recession that began in 2008. Conversely, credit card use has lessened despite the fact that a healthy rebound from the recession has seen dramatic spending increases from the average consumer. This is all according to a survey of more than 600 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Study: 1 in 5 Don't Have Access to Enough Food in Houston

    It's really amazing to think that in a city that has become so renowned for its restaurant scene, nearly 20 percent of the population doesn't have consistent access to food. But a new study from Feeding America found that to be the case. Even worse, in 18 southeast Texas counties, one-third of child ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    Houston and the Blues

    Viva the Houston Blues Scene.

  • News

    December 2, 2010
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    March 23, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium Plan Is Magic

    ​The greatest plan ever has been unveiled.Using absolutely no public funding, the city, by April 1, 2012, will get a 20,000 seat, $80 million Dynamo soccer/Texas State Southern University football stadium that will create a new section of downtown, which will undoubtedly boom with economic growth, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    "Whatever was Splendid: New American Photographs"

    Walker Evans and the Great Depression, Part II

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    How Not To Repair Your Credit

    ​You might think that a business couldn't squeeze much money out people who are tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but where there's a will, and perhaps a paucity of ethics, there's a way.This week's Houston Press cover story takes a look at a rift between two "debt invalidation" companies, in ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

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    September 10, 2009

    he Lighter Side of the Recession

    Radio Music Theatre is laughing all the way to the poorhouse

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    September 10, 2009
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    September 1, 2009

    What Was And Wasn't In The Candidate Biographies Of that Latest Mayor's-Race Poll

    ​As we noted yesterday, most Houstonians have no idea who they want for their next mayor. A poll shows more than two-thirds don't favor any of the candidates, partly as a result of financially crimped campaigns that haven't been able to advertise much yet.Houstonians who were called for the poll a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Texas, Unfortunately, Leads The Country In Hungry Kids

    More than anywhere else the country, children in Texas don't know where they'll get their next meal.That's according to a recent study by Feeding America, the nation's food-bank network, which analyzed stats on "household food insecurity" published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    ABC's World News Tonight To Examine Just How Great Houston Is

    ABC's World News Tonight, their anchor network-news show, will be originating from Houston next week, in part to examine why we seem to have escaped (so far) the crunchiest part of the economic crunch.Charlie Gibson is taking the show around the country to assess how the recession is affecting diffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Culinary Schadenfreude Comes to Houston

    scha·den·freu·de [shahd-n-froi-duh]-nounsatisfaction or pleasure derived from the misfortune of others I'm going to get to the point of this post right now: My life as a food lover is better because the economy is in a recession. There I said it. And before you label me as some kind of foodie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Readers In Ireland Sadly Misinformed About Houston

    You know the old saying – “any publicity is good publicity.” But might not some publicity be utterly pointless? We ask, because we have come across some that seems to be just that. Now ordinarily, a little blurb about your event in a paper like Dublin’s The Irish Independent would be a PR ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    UH Prof Isn't Optimistic About Jobs

    Don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting the economy to rebound anytime soon. At least that’s what one local economic forecaster is saying. According to Barton Smith, head of the University of Houston Institute for Regional Forecasting, all signs right now suggest that the sluggish economy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2008

    Mi Bandera es la Tierra

    Performance artists Nicolás Ramiro Valdez and Maria Alejandra Ibarra defend Mother Earth

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    January 28, 2008
  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: Chill Out

    Skeptical environmentalist Bjrn Lomborg questions the Kyoto Protocol's effectiveness

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    August 11, 2007
  • News

    April 28, 2005

    Million-Hour Madness

    Religious charities discover state welfare reform savings are based in part on their backs

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Double Standards?

    Plus: Defining Moment, Egg on the Face, Get Off Death Row!

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Days of Paige

    Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?

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    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.

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    January 6, 2000


    If her capers as comptroller don't catch her, Carole Rylander is ready to ride the Internet to greater political fame

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    October 28, 1999

    Broken Promises

    Fourth Ward residents are left with a harsh reality

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    August 5, 1999

    Dubious Deal

    Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections

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    February 4, 1999

    Inner-city Shootout

    Neartown braces for the ultimate development war at City Hall

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    October 15, 1998

    Castles for Welfare Kings

    Come 2023, Rice Hotel redevelopers can own their federally assisted project for a cool $1,000

  • News

    April 2, 1998

    All in a Day's Work

    Lockheed Martin's welfare-reform efforts have cost taxpayers across the country millions. So naturally, Lockheed Martin has been hired to train and find jobs for the poor in Houston and Harris County.

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    No Shame

    Real people are being evicted from the Fourth Ward. And real people are responsible for their plight.

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    See Juarez

    From a forthcoming book by Charles Bowden and the street shooters of Ciudad Juarez The photojournalists of the border are capturing the grisly face of the future. And it's a lot closer than you think.

  • News

    July 31, 1997

    Fourth Ward or Bust

    Houston Renaissance still hasn't secured private financing to redevelop the Fourth Ward, and its time may be running out

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    July 10, 1997

    Cozy Ties

    In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

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    January 30, 1997

    The Great Land Grab

    A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?

  • News

    November 28, 1996

    Midtown Jamboree

    Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    A Taxing Situation

    What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    In the Rough

    The golf course giveaway is falling apart, but some city workers are paying the price

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    January 11, 1996
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    January 11, 1996


    Privatization of Houston's municipal golf courses has been a bad deal for everybody but the operators. But golfers and taxpayers had best look out: the city's on the verge of giving away two more of it courses.

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    December 28, 1995

    The Passions of Privatization

    V&E joins Heard Goggan in battling the county attorney's office

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