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The Impact of Waxman-Markey on American Jobs

As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I deal on a weekly and monthly basis with state and national unemployment figures. The national jobless rate of 9.7 percent is the highest since 1983, and the current economic environment has a more worrisome feel to it than the recession back then.   Read more »

at Sep 30, 2009 10:25 AM

Will Government Jobs Keep Growing?

“Government Jobs Have Grown Since Recession’s Start” was the headline of a recent story in The New York Times. The article cited a report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government which stated that “state and local governments have expanded their payrolls and added 110,000 jobs” since the beginning of the recession in December 2007.   Read more »

at Sep 16, 2009 11:06 AM

Putting Texas Veterans to Work

We are very pleased at the Texas Workforce Commission that our Texas Veteran’s Leadership Program was honored with an in-depth feature in VFW Magazine. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and their 2.2 million members worldwide do a great job supporting our veterans, and we appreciate their help in spreading the word about our program.

at Sep 2, 2009 10:32 AM

The Homeowner Debt Bomb

Will homeowner debt continue to drag the national economy down? Before the residential housing bubble burst, rising home values fueled a high level of consumer spending as homeowners extracted what they thought was equity in their homes for spending purposes.   Read more »

at Aug 30, 2009 2:14 PM
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Texas vs California- Which Model is Right for the Nation?

These difficult economic times have inspired serious soul searching on the part of the policy makers. In the quest for the right formula for economic prosperity, analysts have been increasingly drawn to a comparison between two of the largest American states: Texas and California. While these two states share much in common, their policies could not be more different.   Read more »

at Aug 18, 2009 9:34 AM
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Skills Training Is Even More Important in Difficult Times

President Obama, in comments to the recent G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, called upon the leaders of African countries to make their nations' economies self-supporting. While announcing a multinational relief package that includes $20 billion in food aid, the President said, "We do not view this assistance as an end in itself. We believe that the purpose of aid must be to create conditions where it's no longer needed."   Read more »

at Aug 4, 2009 11:34 AM
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We Have Been Cheated by the Stimulus

President Obama’s chief economic advisor, Larry Summers, recently admitted what a number of us have been saying for some time now: The $787 billion Obama economic stimulus plan is not doing anything to create jobs in the private sector, particularly among small businesses where most new jobs are created.   Read more »

at Jul 27, 2009 8:28 PM
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The Case for Working With Your Hands

immigration, Texas Workforce Commission, mechanicMatthew Crawford has an important essay, inspired by his new book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work in the June 1st issue of the New York Times Magazine. The essay, entitled The Case for Working With Your Hands, highlights the value of "useful work".   Read more »

at Jun 5, 2009 11:14 AM

Obama’s Energy Tax Proposals: a Job-Killer for Texas

President Obama is proposing a wide array of tax hikes on the U.S. energy industry. If enacted, these massive tax increases would be a job-killer for Texas and a huge setback in our overall efforts to lessen our dependence on foreign energy.   Read more »

at May 7, 2009 3:19 PM
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