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Travis County updates Tesla incentive package, pushing for $1 billion-plus investment from the company
Poised for a possible July 13 vote, Travis County has released a refined incentives structure proposal with electric carmaker Tesla.
The school district's July 9 vote could yield Tesla around $46.4 million in tax abatements if the company chooses Travis County as its next factory site.
Thousands of Central Austin businesses received hundreds of millions in PPP loan dollars to survive through the pandemic
Alamo Drafthosue and Torchy's Tacos were among the local businesses to receive the largest loans, but 85% of Central Austin recipients received $150,000 or less.
The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.
Texans receiving unemployment benefits will have a little extra time before they have to prove they are actively looking for work to continue receiving state assistance.
The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District Court by Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who has led previous legal efforts opposing Abbott’s other shutdown orders during the pandemic.
Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.
Sales across Austin were some of the most sluggish in the state in April, new data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts shows.
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Following the reopening of the Texas economy in May, unemployment claims in Hays County have dropped by about 60% since April, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost nearly all of its passenger flight usage in April as the region dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
Some on Austin City Council want more of its $272 million coronavirus relief package to go to residents in need
City Council will determine how much to put toward direct financial assistance at its June 4 meeting.
Preliminary budget forecasts from Central Health show the health care district anticipates a slow down in tax revenue collection growth.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.
As multiple sectors of Austin’s economy temporarily closed stores to customers as part of a nationwide effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, more than 100,000 Austin jobs were lost in the process.
The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.
The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.
The local unemployment rate remains below the statewide and national rates.
Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.
Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.
Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders
As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.