Texas became the USA's second-largest economy during the past decade — displacing New York and perhaps heading one day toward challenging California — in one of the biggest economic shifts in the past half-century.
The dramatic realignment of the nation's economy was illustrated by North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia all overtaking one-time industrial powerhouse Michigan in economic size from 2000 to 2010. The economic winners of the last decade are states that focus on raw materials, government and senior citizens. The big losers are places that make things — industrial states and even California.
USA TODAY examined each state's gross domestic product to determine how the country's economic output has shifted within its borders. The data, recently released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, reflect both population growth and income increases — in short, the economic weight of each state.
<big><big><b>We won't stand by while Mexican border violence kills</b></big></big>
Embroiled in an ongoing clash between rival drug cartels, the region of Mexico directly across the border from Texas has become one of the most dangerous places in the world, with more than 28,000 people killed since 2006, a death toll more reflective of a war zone than a nation ostensibly at peace.
Wishful thinking won't keep such an overwhelming explosion of violence from creeping farther north, so we must consider all our options as we determine the best way to protect our communities.
It all begins with a strong border, and a border is only as strong as the forces protecting it.
Four Texas metropolitan areas — Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio — dominate the top 15 U.S. cities in a global study to determine the level of cities' recovery from the recession.
The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program report ranks 150 cities: 50 in the United States, 50 in Europe and 50 in the rest of the world. Austin was the highest-ranked U.S. city and No. 26 in the world. Dallas ranks as the No. 4 U.S. city and No. 39 in the world. San Antonio ranks No. 11 in the U.S. and No. 51 in the world.
Houston is ranked No. 15 in the U.S. and No. 61 in the world, according to the report, Global MetroMonitor, which received assistance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
San Antonio, Houston and Dallas rose in global rankings during the past two years from their pre-recession rankings. Austin stayed about the same, ranking No. 25 among the 150 metro areas before the recession.
The report found that income and job growth in metro areas exceed those of their nations as a whole, which means large cities are leading the global recovery from the 2007-09 recession.
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<em>Where can you go to escape the recession? Try any of these 10 places. Oh, and be prepared to wear red.</em>
Like a massive tornado, the Great Recession up-ended the topography of America. But even as vast parts of the country were laid low, some cities withstood the storm and could emerge even stronger and shinier than before. So, where exactly are these Oz-like destinations along the road to recovery? If you said Kansas, you're not far off. Try Oklahoma. Or Texas. Or Iowa. Not only did the economic twister of the last two years largely spare Tornado Alley, it actually may have helped improve the landscape.
NEWSWEEK has compiled a list of the 10 American cities best situated for the recovery. These are places where the jobs are plentiful, and the pay, given the lower cost of living, buys more than in bigger cities. In other words, places unlike much of the rest of the country. The cities, most of which lie in the red-state territory of America’s heartland, fall into three basic groups. There's the Texaplex—Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston—which has become the No. 1 destination for job-seeking Americans, thanks to a hearty energy sector and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism. There are the New Silicon Valleys—Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and urban northern Virginia—which offer high-paying high-tech jobs and housing prices well below those in coastal California. And then there are the Heartland Honeys—Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and Des Moines, Iowa—which are enjoying a revival thanks to rising agricultural prices and a shift toward high-end industrial jobs.
AUSTIN – Gov. Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC (RN/APN PAC) which represents the political arm of four statewide nursing associations: Texas Nurses Association (TNA), Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP), Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA) and Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP).
“Gov. Perry’s solid record of supporting Texas nurses speaks volumes,” said Susan Sportsman, a registered nurse and president of TNA. “Under his leadership $100 million has been dedicated to nursing education to address our needs. Gov. Perry continues to demonstrate his support by ensuring we have the resources we need to continue providing quality health care for Texans.”
“Gov. Perry recognizes the essential role advanced practice nurses play in providing primary care and other essential health care services,” said Jean Gisler, a family nurse practitioner and chair of CNAP. “The governor has helped sustain quality health care for families across the state and his support makes us proud to endorse him for the general election.”
The Texas Nurses Association seeks to promote excellence in nursing by helping nurses achieve quality patient care through high standards of practice, legislative involvement, and public policy advocacy. The mission of the Coalition for Nurses in Advance Practice is to create a legal and regulatory climate in which Texas Advanced Practice Nurses can use their full potential to improve the health and well-being of all Texans. The Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists works to advance patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia. Texas Nurse Practitioners works to promote the professional excellence of nurse practitioners, and to support quality health care through leadership, education and advocacy.
“Nurses play a vital role in providing quality patient care for families across our state,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC and proud of what we’ve accomplished together to address the nursing needs in Texas. I look forward to building on this success so that our health care system can be more affordable and accessible to all Texans.”
Texas created more than half the jobs in the nation over the last year, according to a report released Thursday.
In the monthly review of the Texas economy for October, Ali Anari and Mark Dotzour of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University reported that the state added 166,000 jobs during the year ending in September for an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent.
During the same period, the U.S. economy gained 321,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 0.2 percent.
The private sector is driving job creation in Texas, Anari said in a statement.
AUSTIN – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Texas Radiological Society PAC for the general election in November.
"The Texas Radiological Society shares the governor’s desire to keep health care affordable for all Texans,” said Dr. I. Ray Kirk, chairman of the Texas Radiological Society PAC Committee. “We are pleased to announce our endorsement of Rick Perry for another term.”
The purposes of the Texas Radiological Society, as a chapter of the American College of Radiology, is to serve the specialty of radiology in Texas by advancing the science, education and practice of radiology; improving radiologic service to patients and the medical community; fostering closer fellowship among radiologists; addressing the economics of radiology; and establishing and maintaining high medical and ethical standards.
Established in 2004, the TRS PAC remains committed to a mission to positively impact the future of radiology in Texas by supporting the legislative agenda of the Texas Radiological Society.
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the professional men and women of the Texas Radiological Society PAC,” said Gov. Perry. “The medical and ethical standards established by the radiological society play a vital role in creating high quality and affordable health care for Texas families. I look forward to continuing to build and maintain a high quality of life for every Texan.”