Texas shouldn’t settle for third on R&D spending

When it comes to creativity and invention, Texas doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. Savvy businesses leaders spent $12.9 billion a year on research and development programs in Texas, according to the National Science Foundation, and that doesn’t count publicly funded research at the state’s universities. Overall, Texas ranks third in the nation in […]

Failing students mean failing businesses

What do you expect from public school assessments? Should they determine how well the students are learning, or rank schools in comparison with others? Should the standards get tougher over time, or should they remain the same for generations? Lastly, should the assessments help schools self-evaluate, or allow taxpayers to demand accountability? As employers complain […]

The future of jobs might be no jobs

Recently I caught a glimpse of the future of jobs, and jobs as we know them had largely dis-appeared. I needed two graphics for an outside project I was doing for another company, and the deadline was 24 hours away, too tight for that publisher’s artists to produce them. Frustrated and desperate, I went online […]

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 […]

Business Interests Question Republican Truths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies, hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year. The business lobby’s wish list, expressed at legislative hearings and press conferences, includes better-educated workers, more spending […]

Texas Public Education Tops Debate in Campaigns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Public schools are shaping up to become the top issue in the 2014 election campaigns, with Democrats complaining about Republican budget cuts and conservatives calling for more choice and less government involvement in an issue that impacts every Texan. Expect candidates to offer a barrage of statistics about schools and student […]