7:42 PM May 27, 2020 CDT

Plano accepts $28M in federal relief funding to aid residents, cover response costs

Nearly $12 million would be used to help local residents at risk of default on their leases or mortgages as a result of income losses related to the coronavirus-related economic slowdown.


5:15 PM May 1, 2020 CDT

State agency: More than 11,000 Plano residents try to claim unemployment benefits, but 1 in 5 claimants ineligible

More than 11,000 people living in Plano ZIP codes have claimed unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission has reported.


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.



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.


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.



Plano sales tax collections dropped 13% year over year in first full month of pandemic closures

Collections in Plano were $5.6 million in April, down from $6.5 million during the same period in 2019.


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.


City of Plano relief grant for small businesses now accepting applications

Applications for the city of Plano’s Small Business Grant Program opened May 28.



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.



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.


Plano's expanded homelessness prevention efforts to feature temporary assistance with hotel costs

Plano will help some qualifying residents pay their rent and utility bills, and assist others with hotel-room costs in an effort to prevent people from becoming homeless during the coronavirus crisis.


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.



Pier 1 to close Plano location on Preston Road as company prepares to go out of business

The store is currently closed because of coronavirus-related restrictions but is expected to reopen for the liquidation process.


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.