4:21 PM Jun 11, 2020 CDT

McKinney budget update: Officials remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ following jump in sales tax revenue

While nonessential businesses were shuttered through much of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city of McKinney collected more sales tax revenue from this month than expected.


5:51 PM Jul 9, 2020 CDT

DATA: McKinney’s sales tax revenue climbs 18% in spite of pandemic

This marks the second month in a row where the city has reported a year-over-year increase in sales tax revenue.


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.



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.



Number of new unemployment claims slows in McKinney ZIP codes

McKinney residents are still filing unemployment claims, but the rate at which they are being filed is declining from a month ago, according to Texas Workforce Commission data.


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.



Applications for McKinney's new $5 million grant program to open June 24

McKinney City Council approved a new $5 million grant program during a specially called meeting June 23.


New $5 million McKinney grant up for approval at special City Council meeting

McKinney City Council will have a specially called meeting June 23 with a new $5 million grant program as one of the items to be considered.


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.



North Texas hospitals, hit by revenue losses, lobby for Medicaid program expansion

A group of North Texas hospitals plans to promote expanding Medicaid ahead of next year’s session of the Texas Legislature as the state’s health system deals with substantial revenue losses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.


McKinney City Council to consider second round of 'McKinney Strong' COVID-19 business grants

At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.


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.


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.


North Texas Food Bank says new donation will provide 300,000 meals for residents in need

The North Texas Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from online retailer Amazon as the nonprofit continues to provide meals for residents in need.


Sales tax revenue sees year-over-year decline in McKinney

McKinney is among hundreds of Texas cities that experienced a year-over-year monthly decline in sales tax payments during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, according to state data.


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.