11:52 AM Jul 20, 2020 CDT

Time is running short to extend a $600 benefit that has buoyed Austin's 90,887 unemployed workers

Federal lawmakers are meeting to discuss an extension of the coronavirus relief package that could include additional unemployment benefits.


5:31 PM Jul 17, 2020 CDT

Greater Austin jobless rate falls to 7.5% as federal unemployment help approaches expiration

Although the area is showing signs of recovery, officials said the expiration of a crucial federal program will complicate unemployment.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.



Travis County announces preliminary tax rate, setting stage for 2020-21 budget talks

County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.



UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Travis County approves 20-year incentives deal with Tesla for potential gigafactory

Travis County County commissioners voted July 14 to approve millions of dollars in possible tax rebates for the electric carmaker.


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.


Lake Travis-Westlake cities see slight uptick in sales tax revenue in May

Western Travis County cities could be approaching a rebound in sales tax revenue amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Del Valle ISD approves Tesla incentives, paving way for possible Travis County agreement

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.


Conservative strategy a key factor in initial Lakeway budget strategy talks

Lakeway officials commenced budget discussions during the July 6 City Council meeting


Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.


Work search requirement paused for Texans on unemployment benefits

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.



More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott's recent shutdown order

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.


Lakeway mayor encourages small businesses to apply for relief programs

Amid recent spikes in local coronavirus cases, Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox's weekly update June 18 began with a discussion of hospital capacity.


April sales tax revenue reflects year-over-year decreases for western Travis County cities

The Texas Comptroller's Office released city-by-city numbers for April sales tax revenue June 10, displaying decreases throughout western Travis County.


Texans on unemployment benefits will soon be required to apply for new work, state says

Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.



DATA: 1,805 Lake Travis-Westlake residents filed an unemployment claim in May

ZIP codes in the Lake Travis-Westlake region reported significantly fewer claims than those in other areas of Texas.


Lakeway mayor talks county funds, July 4, continued social responsibility in latest weekly address

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox updated residents on several matters during a live address via the city's Facebook page June 11.


Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


Coronavirus pandemic drops Austin-Bergstrom usage by more than 96% in April

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost nearly all of its passenger flight usage in April as the region dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.



Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.


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.