NFIB’s July 2022 survey included two key points:

Owners expecting better business conditions over the next six months increased nine points from June’s record low level to a net-negative 52%. Expectations for better business conditions have deteriorated every month from January to June of this year. Forty-nine percent of owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, down one […]

State lawmakers, education leaders discuss COVID-19 learning loss

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath told a Texas Senate committee last year that students in the state fell behind by almost six months due to COVID-19. He also said it would take four years for Texas students to catch up in reading, while noting they may never catch up in math.  Source Link CPA Take: School […]

Report: Community colleges are key to solving shortage of skilled workers

Community colleges offer our best chance at preparing the most students for the jobs of the future, and business leaders understand this. The Texas Commission on Community College Finance should seek to reward and enhance these kinds of collaborations across the private and educational sectors. By increasing credential completion and industry alignment, we can ensure […]

Business groups call for Texas to step up support for community colleges

“Texas needs to step up its support for community colleges and technical schools to build a pool of skilled workers and maintain a competitive workforce, according to a new report from statewide and local business development groups”. Source Link CPA TAKE Erica Greider of the Houston Chronicle outlined initiatives (the full article can be found here) aimed at […]

2022 Innovation & Technology Forum


The House IT Caucus promotes sound policy ideas in a vital arena.  CPA is pleased to support the Caucus under the able leadership of Rep. Capriglione. 

Craddick: Look to Texas, not Saudi Arabia to solve energy crisis


“It’s clear that instead of supporting American energy production that promotes high-paying American jobs and relieves worried American families, [President] Biden is focusing his efforts on placating Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of OPEC. This represents an egregious lack of common-sense leadership.” Source Link CPA Take: Commissioner Craddick is a sharp state leader. She’s […]

Dallas initiative aims to boost health care, tech worker pipeline


“Industry and area leaders want to strengthen the city’s talent pipeline and expand access to some of the most in-demand jobs — those in health care and technology. Dallas Thrives, first launched in 2020 by the Commit Partnership and the Dallas Regional Chamber, aims to double the number of young adults earning a living wage […]

Nevada readies federal funds to fight opioid addiction (Las Vegas Review-Journal)


“Nevada governments are planning to expand opioid treatment and addiction prevention services as they begin to receive the first allocations of money from settlements the state made with drug manufacturers.“ Source Link CPA Take: The opioid crisis remains ongoing despite attempts to abate it and legal action to recoup costs associated with the plague. CDC’s […]