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The 2020 census is at risk due to inadequate funding, planning, and staffing, and the consequences could be quite significant. The practice of counting and collecting information about the populace dates back to ancient times and, in fact, the source of much of our knowledge about the past. more
I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t think people are as helpful as they used to be. I’m talkin’ about in stores and such. Oh, there are a few stores out there that will go out of their way to help you, but a lot of them just don’t seem to care. I really think it’s probably the help they hire. They just don’t get it. I mean, I’m the one payin’ their salary, I ought to be treated nice. more
I am now entering my fifth decade in the forecasting business (I started very, very young). One of the things I can assure you from these years of experience is that you truly never know what a year … more
Every year my wife Janet and I try to take off and go somewhere just to get away. Sometimes we just start drivin’ just to see where the road takes us, and then sometimes we pick a spot we haven’t ever been and visit for a while. We hardly ever go back to someplace we’ve already been, at least not on our vacation. Oh, now we might head off to someplace like Galveston or somethin’ a couple of times a year, but that’s more of a weekend get-a-way than a vacation. more
It’s been a heck of a year. From an economic perspective, we saw both good things and bad. Here’s a rundown of the events and emerging trends I think will have the most long-lasting effects on the economy. more
Much of the economic activity in Texas occurs within the state’s largest metropolitan statistical areas. These urban centers are the primary leaders in business and trade for individuals and companies across the state, though smaller population centers and rural areas still make a significant contribution. more
These are cynical times we live in, to be sure. From daily political skirmishes and workplace threats to the specter of unhinged world leaders rattling their nuclear sabers, it seems as good a time as any to sit down, draw a deep breath and relax. Thankfully, Christmas is just a few days away. But this most precious of Christian observances has undergone so many major renovations over the years the cynic can point to the crass commercialization of the holiday and mutter “why bother.’’ more
Taking a long-term view of the outlook for the Texas economy, I am encouraged, yet also cautious. With all of the key ingredients for economic success, the state is well positioned for expansion in business activity and the prosperity that goes with it for decades to come. However, continued economic performance hinges on adapting to the underlying changes in the population and workforce. more
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