5:36 PM Jul 14, 2020 CDT

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.


6:15 AM Aug 14, 2020 CDT

Street maintenance drives Round Rock’s budget, tax rate discussions

After cutting $4.3 million meant for street maintenance from this year’s budget, Round Rock City Council took steps Aug. 13 to secure road repair funds for fiscal year 2020-21.


Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.



TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.


How Pflugerville is carving out job growth, development opportunities amid pandemic

Panelists at a virtual discussion hosted by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce discussed how the business landscape has endured significant change in the five months since the coronavirus hit.


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 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.


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.


DATA: Pflugerville, Hutto see double-digit sales tax boost in May; Round Rock experiences minor dip

Pflugerville and Hutto's May sales tax revenue totals jumped by 17.56% and 36%, respectively, as compared to May 2019 figures.


DATA: More than 7,000 unemployment claims filed in Pflugerville since April

Central Texas' 78660 ZIP code, largely encompassing the city of Pflugerville, has seen a total of 7,347 unemployment insurance claims filed since April 27, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission July 6.



As Williamson County small business grant program ends, nearly $34M distributed

More than 3,500 businesses have received funding from the Wilco Forward program.


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.



Kalahari Resorts prepares to hire 1,500 Round Rock employees, offers virtual hiring fair

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is preparing to make a splash in the Round Rock-area job market.


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.


Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


DATA: Pflugerville, Hutto see double-digit sales tax revenue growth; Round Rock experiences slight dip

Hutto's April sales tax revenue numbers reflected a 36.42% increase year-over-year.



Williamson County helps nearly 3,000 businesses with small business grant program

As of June 9, Williamson County’s Wilco Forward small business grant program has approved funding for 2,891 businesses in the area.


DATA: Pflugerville ZIP code 78660 in top 25 Texas ZIP codes for unemployment claims filed in May

1,920 unemployment insurance claims were filed in Pflugerville's 78660 ZIP code between April 29-May 30.