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How National Politics Impact Houston’s Global Economy

Posted on · Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House […]

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Houston’s Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday’s Show (February 13, 2017)

Posted on · Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House […]

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How Safe is It to Travel to Mexico Over Spring Break?

Posted on · In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety has warned against spring breakers traveling to the Gulf Coast crossing into Mexico. And the U.S. State Department’s renewed its warning about the risk of violence against Americans heading into certain Mexican states. And yet, is Mexico more or less violent a country than it was […]

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Solving Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (February 9, 2016)

Posted on · The problem is well-documented by now. The City of Houston has growing and unfunded pension obligations to meet but is limited by state control and a revenue cap. Back in September, the Houston-based nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation laid out this challenge facing the city in a report entitled “Swamped: How Pension Debt is […]

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How Did Mexico’s First Offshore Oil Auction Fare, and What Does That Mean for Success of Country’s Reform?

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mexico held its first in a series of auctions of offshore oil leases. These auctions are part of the country’s bigger energy reform that’s opening the oil and gas industry to outside investors for the first time in nearly eight decades. The first auction fell short of many industry expectations, with only […]

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Crude Oil Export Ban and Biggio in Hall of Fame: Monday’s show (July 27, 2015)

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston’s City Council must either repeal the city’s equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state […]

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Immigration Reform is More than Just a U.S.-Mexico Problem

Posted on · At a recent symposium on immigration at Rice University, diplomats, scholars, activists, and public officials noted the issue is more than just a U.S./Mexico border problem, that other countries bear responsibility for migration. We discuss immigration beyond the border with Dr. Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, […]

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Real Estate, Immigration, Pet Care, and Deflategate: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report suggests Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for some time […]

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Oil in Mexico, Premature Baby Nutrition, and Medical Tourism: Houston Matters for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mexico’s Congress approved an overhaul of the country’s energy industry that, for the first time in 75 years, makes room for private corporations to participate in oil drilling. It’s part of an effort by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to boost his nation’s economy. For oil and gas companies, which remain a […]