Even before the pandemic, Texas schools faced daunting challenges. About 88% of students were economically disadvantaged. Two ethnic groups that comprised about two-thirds of enrollment (and rapidly growing) held less than 8% of the state's wealth. Many districts had...
Good morning everyone. I am Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs and I am so honored to be participating today in this important meeting. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to make some introductory remarks.  I mostly want to...
The Texas-Mexico border is a key economic gateway to the United States. The region has grown significantly over the years with 97% employment growth between 1990 to 2019 (1.4 million new jobs). But it also has a critical role...
2020 proved to be an extremely difficult year for many people. Last year we saw the rise of a global pandemic that devasted economies and tossed everyday lives into turmoil. Simple tasks like going to school, going out with friends,...
Texas’ lead in connecting the country to oil and gas, has built life as we know it, however today’s energy infrastructure is not the end to our journey of ingenuity. In fact, following the events of the Texas Freeze,...
The ongoing news is the presidential search. As you all know, Dr. Reed retired a couple of months ago and so the board has been actively working to develop the presidential profile. We had several public forums, working with the...
Happy April 6, Texas Independence Day, Rio Grande Guardian readers!   Yes, on April 6, 1813, Revilla/Zapata native Lt. Colonel José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara Uribe first achieved Texas independence and became the first president of Texas. In truth, Texas...
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell to 684,000 in late March for the first time in a year. Believe it or not, that’s important. “Initial claims” sounds like something only an economist could love (and...
In January of 2020, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank predicted, “While uncertainty is greater than normal, leading indicators and the current momentum of job growth suggest that the long expansion in the state is likely to continue. next year.”  This...
Imagine you need to get somewhere quickly and safely. You call your ride-sharing company who sends Fred Flintstone in his family car. Not what you had in mind and not what you paid for. The Texas Immunization Registry, ImmTrac2,...

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