Sugar Land - Missouri City

Stay informed about the latest local news in Sugar Land and Missouri City, including FBISD, Fort Bend County and city council coverage, plus the latest transportation and development headlines affecting your community.

2:35 PM Jun 30, 2020 CDT

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.


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.



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.


Sugar Land sales tax revenue from April sales down more than 22%; Missouri City sees 1% decline

The economic impact of the coronavirus on sales tax revenue is hitting the city of Sugar Land harder than the city of Missouri City, according to the latest figures released by the Texas comptroller of public accounts.


Fort Bend ISD trustees approve $737.5 million budget that does not include teacher, staff raises

FBISD Chief Financial Officer Bryan Guinn said pay increases were not included in the budget because of the need to be fiscally conservative during the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus 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.


Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


Sugar Land to launch #AllInForSLTX campaign to stimulate economy in response to COVID-19

About 92% of businesses surveyed in Sugar Land experienced a decline in business due to COVID-19.


Fort Bend County officials to use COVID-19 Registry to guide coronavirus response

Here is how you can join the COVID-19 Registry and shape Fort Bend County's response to the coronavirus pandemic.



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.


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.


Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


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.



Despite coronavirus restrictions, Missouri City sees increase in sales tax revenue from March sales

Jon Hockenyos, founder and president of economic analysis and public consulting firm TXP, attributed Missouri City’s increase in sales tax revenue to people shopping locally since they are not commuting out of the city for work.


METRO sales tax revenue could see over $100 million hit in fiscal year 2020-21

The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.


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.


Houston-area banks adjust operations to process millions in PPP loans

Businesses affected by the coronavirus have received more than $145 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans from two Houston-area banks.


DATA: Here are companies with the highest number of Houston-area layoffs so far in 2020

Of the 23,197 layoffs reported in the Gulf Coast region , 76.2% of them were within Harris County, followed by 15.4% in Fort Bend County.