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6:53 PM May 28, 2020 CDT

Early budget forecasts from Central Health show anticipated 'slow-down' in tax revenue collection

Preliminary budget forecasts from Central Health show the health care district anticipates a slow down in tax revenue collection growth.


Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

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.


Report: Austin lost more than 129,000 jobs between February and April

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.



Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.


Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.


Unemployment rate in Travis County shoots to 12.4% in April; Austin metro jumps to 12.2%

The local unemployment rate remains below the statewide and national rates.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

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.



State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“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.


Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

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.



Williamson County small business grant program distributes more than $7.5M in first week

Small businesses have until June 30 to apply, but officials recommend applying early, as money is being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


Number of unemployment claims in Williamson County grows by over 1,523% year over year

The Texas Workforce Commission data looks at the number of claims made each week between March 7 and May 2.


Williamson County small business grant program issues nearly 200 checks in three days

The county has issued $2.8 million of relief to area small businesses.


National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.



Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.


DATA: Austin not hit as hard by sales tax revenue dip compared to other Texas cities

The city of Austin’s slowdown of generated sales tax revenue in March was less drastic than figures collected across the state.


Williamson County launches its small business grant program May 6. Here is what you need to know.

Applications can be submitted online at www.wilco.org/forward beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 6.


Williamson County commissioners hire law firm to address ‘Live PD’ controversy; move could mean future legal action

The Williamson County district attorney has not been able to prosecute any cases using "Live PD" footage because the sheriff will not provide it as evidence, Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said.



Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,


43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


More than 11,000 Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance in one month

New state data shows more than 4% of Northwest Austin residents filed for unemployment insurance from mid-March to mid-April.


Most Austin brewpubs will not open May 1 despite green light from governor

Only a few brewpubs in and around Austin have announced plans to open their doors to customers May 1, even as revenue continues to dwindle statewide.