Olivia Pulsinelli, Houston Business Journal
Houston is used to topping a lot of rankings — especially ones that have to do with jobs and the economy — so it’s surprising to see where the Bayou City lands on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers 2013” list.
by Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle
Houston-area homeowners are asking a lot more for their properties than they were a year ago — 10.2 percent more.
By Greg Groogan, Fox 26
August 6, 2013It took lots of time and a good bit of turmoil, but Texas lawmakers have finally agreed to turn taxes collected from the state’s rich oil and gas plays into brand new pavement.
More than a billion dollars each and every year for bridges, roads and crossings all to help Texans and their goods get where they need to go, in a timely fashion.Harris Judge Ed Emmett says the need is both simple and critical.
By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post
August 6, 2013
PHOENIX — President Obama came here shortly after his first inauguration 41 / 2 years ago, pledging to arrest a tide of home foreclosures and to stabilize the deeply wounded housing market.The next few years were a personal and political embarrassment for him: More people lost their homes, housing prices continued to sink, and economic growth was held back by the depressed real estate market.But late in Obama’s first term, after he had upended his policies several times, the housing market started to rebound — and Obama returned here Tuesday to celebrate that recovery and insist that more work needs to be done.
August 6, 2013
by: Andrew Schneider, KUHFNew construction contracts for the Greater Houston area totaled $10.3 billion for the twelve months ending in June. That’s according to the latest data from McGraw Hill Construction.
The new construction contracts mark an increase of nearly 6% from June 2012. Strong gains in residential contracts offset a decline in nonresidentials. Patrick Jankowski is vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership.
by Aman Batheja and Alexa Ura
August 5, 2013
The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.
“Let’s adjourn this mutha,” said state Sen.John Whitmire, D-Houston, after the Senate had sent House Bill 1 back over to the lower chamber for final passage.
It was the third try by lawmakers since the end of the regular session to pass a measure to boost funding for the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation without raising taxes or fees.
BY WHITNEY RADLEY
6.19.13 | 5:36 pm
If the future of the Astrodome has been keeping you up at night, you’ll rest easy knowing that a major step was taken in favor of preservation at a board meeting on Wednesday afternoon: The Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation (HCSCC) board unanimously agreed on a recommendation to repurpose the Houston landmark.
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The Texas Tribune
by Kate Galbraith
June 17, 2013
Amid great fanfare two years ago, Barry Smitherman, then the Public Utility Commission chairman, bought a plug-in Chevrolet Volt. Now the chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Smitherman drives a Chevy Suburban.
“I became very disappointed with the technology,” Smitherman said of the Volt, which he traded in after several months. The mileage was not what he had hoped, he said.
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