Texas Businesses Need Immigration Reform Now

The legal entanglements of 50,000 children entering the United States illegally this summer may have highlighted our broken immigration system, but Texas businesses are warning that Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reforms could create a bigger long-term economic crisis. Leaders in Houston’s manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries joined colleagues in 40 other cities across […]

Export-Import Bank Creates Jobs, Opens Markets and Makes Sense

Greater Houston is the No. 1 exporting metropolitan area and Texas is the nation’s No. 1 exporting state, but that could end if some ideologues in Washington get their way. After campaigning on adding jobs and increasing manufacturing, folks calling themselves conservatives want to shut down an 80-year-old institution that boosts exports, generates business for […]

Conservation Efforts are Best handled Locally

Here’s a little-known fact about species proposed for federal protection: They are everywhere. They are in every Texas county, all but two Texas rivers and are found above ground, underground and in the water and the air. Susan Combs, the state comptroller, told me her team has totaled 129 so far, 12 of which are […]

Missing the Boat on Africa

As a citizen of the globe’s economic and military heavyweight, it’s easy to forget that other parts of the world might be getting along just fine without us. When we pull back, though, and take a look at current trends in global trade, U.S. business may be missing out in the developing world. China, the […]

Bonuses for Cheniere Executives Should be Linked to Profits

There is something a little disquieting about the justification for paying Cheniere Energy’s employees another $2 billion worth of stock bonuses. I’m sure they are good people who work hard for their pay. But they’ve already received $1.7 billion in stock bonuses, which last year made Charif Souki the highest-paid CEO in the United States, […]

Business Solution Can Ease Problem of the Under-banked

Providing financial services to the poor and credit-challenged is big money in America, generating $89 billion a year in fees and interest. But companies that once eschewed these customers are seeing the chance to profit, while potentially improving people’s lives. Houston happens to be one of the three most “under-banked” cities in America, and Texas […]

A SLAPP Silences Stay-at-Home Dad in Magnolia

Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough attracts attention for his financial tip service by attacking what he calls “Old Wall Street” on Twitter, ridiculing analysts and belittling their track records. So what does McCullough do when a stay-at-home dad in Magnolia, Texas, challenges him? Sue for defamation to silence him, of course. Hedgeye’s lawsuit has all the […]

Capturing CO2 to Produce More Oil Solves Several Problems

Capturing man-made carbon dioxide and pumping it into the ground would not only help the environment, but also help the United States continue producing record amounts of oil. Many people question how the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, released last week, could present a business opportunity for Texas companies. The answer […]

EPA Rules Offer Opportunity for Texas Energy Providers

Some Texas business groups and politicians are expressing outrage at the Environmental Protection Agency’s goal of reducing U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide from electricity generation by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That’s a shame, because the new regulations are a good deal for industry and a great opportunity for Texas. I come to […]

Hospital Reforms Are Not Enough to Solve Texas’ Uninsured Problem

Public and private health systems are transforming the way they provide care, but early results show it won’t be enough to address the needs of Texas’ uninsured. You’ve heard of the uninsured, the folks who go to the emergency room because they don’t have health insurance? The ones who then can’t afford to pay the […]