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Current Articles for October 06, 2022
The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Thursday.
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States are showing Washington how to relieve inflation.
By Michael Lucci.
American Spectator, September 22, 2022, pp. 1-2.
Highlights recent tax and regulatory policies at the state level to combat inflation, spur economic growth, and provide price relief for residents.
States push for innovative ways to improve health outcomes for justice-involved individuals.
By Cindy Mann, Kinda Serafi, and Virginia E. Morgan.
Commonwealth Fund, September 13, 2022, pp. 1-2.
Notes the higher risk of poor health outcomes for individuals leaving incarceration. Summarizes recent efforts by states to support reentry and to help people involved with the justice system receive health care services covered by Medicaid before and after their release.
Hot property: Institutional investors are snapping up family homes.
Economist, September 24, 2022, p. 71.
Explores the growth of institutional investment in housing, in which large corporations are purchasing and renting $45 billion worth of single-family homes in America. Attributes the growth of the sector to declining housing affordability and the growth of the aging millennial market.
Political debate upends Texas social studies standards process.
By Ileana Najarro.
Education Week, September 21, 2022, p. 11.
Reports on the Texas State Board of Education's vote to delay the revision of K-12 social studies standards until 2025. Explains requirements for the teaching of social studies in SB 3, 87th Legislature, 2nd C.S., and compares to debates on social studies requirements in other states.
Transgender student athletes are in limbo. Will federal law add clarity?
By Libby Stanford.
Education Week, September 21, 2022, pp. 14-15.
Reports on proposed rules released by the U.S. Department of Education relating to Title IX that would clarify that sex discrimination applies to issues of gender identity and sexuality. Discusses legislative action relating to transgender youth in several states, including Texas.
Nine facts about the service sector in the United States.
By Mitchell Barnes, Lauren Bauer, and Wendy Edelberg.
Hamilton Project, September 2022, pp. 1-14.
Presents a set of economic facts exploring how service sector recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has differed from prior business cycles. Explores how spending, wages, and the nature of work in different industries within the service sector are changing.
State firearm laws and firearm-related mortality and morbidity.
By Sandro Galea and Salma M. Abdalla.
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), September 27, 2022, pp. 1189-1190.
Argues states are at the front lines of efforts to limit firearm-related deaths.
Provides three areas in which state laws can reduce gun-related harms: limiting access to guns by children, efforts to introduce checks to the process of gun ownership, and red flag laws.
Key questions about the current U.S. monkeypox outbreak.
By Lindsey Dawson, et al.
Kaiser Family Foundation, July 27, 2022, p. 1.
Answers key questions about the U.S. outbreak of monkeypox and identifies issues that may affect the response going forward. Discusses the status of testing, vaccine supply and distribution, and treatment.
Few places have more medical debt than Dallas-Fort Worth, but hospitals there are thriving.
By Noam N. Levey.
Kaiser Health News, September 28, 2022, p. 1.
Reviews the hospital finances within the 306 hospital markets in the U.S., and finds several of the most profitable markets also have the highest levels of patient debt, including both Tarrant and Dallas Counties.
Local public school ratings rise, even as the teaching profession loses ground.
Phi Delta Kappan, September 2022, pp. 38-43.
Reports the results of an annual poll rating approval of public schools, including questions regarding trust and confidence in public school teachers' ability to appropriately handle the history of racism and issues related to gender and sexuality.
Landowners on proposed high-speed rail route question project's lack of progress.
By Kim Roberts.
Texan, September 29, 2022, pp. 1-2.
Discusses a letter from landowners' attorneys questioning the status of the Texas Central Railway, a proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston. Notes the company is delinquent on property taxes in several counties along the proposed route and the cost of the project increased to $30 billion in 2020.
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Texas pensions disclose investments in 10 'fossil fuel boycotting' companies to state comptroller.
By Brad Johnson.
Texan, September 28, 2022, pp. 1-3.
Highlights investments of the state's two largest pension systems, the Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System, in ten companies designated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts as "boycotting" or divesting from fossil fuels under SB 13, 87th Legislature, R.S. Notes the Texas Permanent School Fund, while not a pension system, also disclosed $88.5 million in holdings tied to the list of companies.
Shutting renewables out.
By Russell Gold.
Texas Monthly, October 2022, pp. 99-100, 102-103.
Examines the makeup of the State Energy Plan Advisory Committee, highlighting the lack of a member representing the renewable energy sector. Discusses the release of the committee's final report this September, noting the events following the 2021 winter storm that led to the committee's creation.
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By Gus Bova.
Texas Observer, September/October 2022, pp. 14-18.
Reports on recent activism in Uvalde, Texas, by family members of the children killed or injured in the Robb Elementary School shooting, in advocating for gun control and school safety measures. Places Uvalde activism within a historical context, including a 1970 walkout at Robb in support of Mexican American teacher George Garza.