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Checking in On the State of Houston’s Economy

Posted on · We launch a week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about Greater Houston’s economy. We talk with News 88.7 FM business reporter Andrew Schneider about the impact of recent low oil prices on Houstonians, recent developments in construction, whether real estate remains a seller’s market, and whether Houston is as diversified as […]

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Schlumberger’s Record Fine and Texting While Driving: Thursday’s show (March 26, 2015)

Posted on · Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, whose domestic offices are based here in Greater Houston, has agreed to pay more than $232 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan. The subsidiary Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Limited will also plead guilty to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act or IEEPA. Other […]

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Listener Comments on Grand Juries and Happiness in Houston

Posted on · From time to time, we share some of your recent comments about Houston Matters. During our discussion Monday with Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson about her wish to see changes to the grand jury selection process, which could result in younger juries, Travis wrote in to say how much he enjoyed serving on a jury. […]

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Does Houston’s Economic Growth Have a Dark Side?

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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Truth About Houston’s Economy: Wednesday’s Show (February 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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Who Are the Winners and Losers When Fuel Prices Drop?

Posted on · Oil prices Monday fell below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. That’s a drop of more than 55 percent since June. Sure, gas prices are low, but in a city like Houston, where the oil and gas industry is such a strong economic driver, plunging oil prices are met with hand-wringing. If […]

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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

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What Will the Opening of Mexican Oil Mean for Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · On Aug. 5, the Mexican Congress passed an overhaul of energy regulation in that country that will open up the previously government-run oil industry to outside investors. How could this change the economic landscape for Houston and at large? Dr. Tony Payan, the director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, […]

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The Long Term Unemployed & Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Mon. Jan. 13, 2014

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On the one hand, the long-term unemployed are likely to be those most at financial risk, and so most in need of help. They also could impact the economy for the rest […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013

Posted on · Typical projections from the oil and gas industry suggest, thanks in large part to the burgeoning shale oil industry, the United States could become the world’s top oil producer in the next decade. But what if those projections are overstated? Is there a danger in Houston’s economy hinging so significantly on one industry? What should we […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013

Posted on · U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning lawmakers that unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by next Thursday, he cannot promise any payments to anyone, including social security recipients and U.S. bondholders. What was once seen by many as a rubber stamp vote in Congress has become a line in the sand for some Tea Party-backed Congressional […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 1, 2013

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston and across the nation, calling for a minimum wage hike, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay their employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the minimum wage or less. Here […]