2:11 PM Jul 15, 2020 CDT

Katy July sales tax revenue down 8% year over year, but fiscal year so far up 2%

The sales tax revenue Katy collects in July is based on sales that occurred within the city in May.


6:09 PM Jul 7, 2020 CDT

UPDATE: Fulshear expands eligibility criteria for second round of COVID-19 small business grant program

The deadline to apply for an individual grant is Aug. 14 or when the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.


Shortened census timeline could shortchange Houston, its most vulnerable communities

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.



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.


Q&A: Houston business leader says federal Paycheck Protection Program has ‘made a significant difference’

"The doors [for business assistance] have been opened just about as wide as they can be made because it’s very unusual times," said Tim Jeffcoat, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.


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.


Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.


As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.


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.



City of Fulshear to collect nearly $300K in July from May sales

State data shows Fulshear will collect $298,622.14 in sales tax revenue in July, a 31% increase compared to July 2019.


DATA: More than 40,000 jobs retained in Katy area due to first round of federal PPP loans

In total, Katy and Fulshear businesses received more than $261.8 million in federal aid.


MAP: More than 2,000 apartment units under construction in Katy area

“A lot of new product is being built, and it’s usually higher quality,” ApartmentData.com President Bruce McClenny said.


Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small business assistance program

Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.



REPORT: Katy ISD enrollment projections ‘do not appear to be significantly affected’ by economic downturn

The district's demographer provided a preliminary demographic update about student enrollment.


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.


Experts: National visa suspension could affect workforce in top Houston-area industries

The June visa suspension includes skilled foreign workers associated with various fields, such as energy, technology, medicine and academics.


Harris County health director: Health, safety must be prioritized when reopening businesses

“Unfortunately, we have a lot of real concern about people not heeding the message of the importance of … masks and face coverings and all the different things people need to do," said Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health.



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.


New task force to address Houston-area housing crisis in wake of COVID-19

Harris County and the city of Houston have launched a joint task force designed to address a local housing crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and an energy industry downturn.


Q&A: ApartmentData.com president talks ramifications of COVID-19 on Greater Houston-area housing

Overall, McClenny said rental prices, occupancy rates and leasing activity are down across the board in the Greater Houston area, which is atypical for this time of year.



Expert: International economic downturn to weigh on Greater Houston's economy’s ability to recover

The U.S. lost over 22 million jobs the first two months of the recession declared in February by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and about 330,000 of those jobs were in the Houston-area energy sector.


Expert: Hospitality industry in Greater Houston area rebounding but not recovered

Hotels across the Greater Houston area continue to struggle even as businesses reopen and individuals return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.