Texas Health Coverage Lags as Medicaid Expands in U.S. Jason Saving and Sarah Greer
Texas is one of a handful of states declining to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the national health care program. The state has the largest number of uninsured residents, though more people have signed up for the low-income health plan this year.
On the Record: Texas Banking Legend Shares Lessons Learned A Conversation with Dick Evans
Richard W. (Dick) Evans Jr. will retire in March 2016 as chairman and
CEO of San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. Over his 44-year
tenure, he helped Frost Bank navigate the difficulties of the 1980s
and emerge as one of Texas’ largest financial institutions. He discusses
what he has learned during this time, which included serving on
the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board and the Federal Advisory
Council, and his views regarding opportunities and challenges facing
Texas and the banking industry.
OPEC Likely to Keep Pumping Despite Budget Woes of Some Members Martin Stuermer and Navi Dhaliwal
Low oil prices are hurting OPEC countries’ budgets. However, differences in their ability to cope with depressed prices have increased the likelihood that the cartel will keep on pumping, creating further downside risks to prices and Texas oil producers.
On the Record: Greece’s Fiscal Woes Among Issues Hobbling Euro Zone Rebound A Conversation with Mark A. Wynne
While the U.S. has emerged from the global economic downturn, the
path for the euro zone has proven bumpier. Senior economist Mark A.
Wynne, vice president and director of the Globalization and Monetary
Policy Institute in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve
Bank of Dallas, explores the reasons and outlook.
Mexico’s Four Economies Reflect Regional Differences, Challenges Jesus Cañas and Emily Gutierrez
The economic potential of Mexico’s four regions is defined by their
industrial makeup, income per capita and how much of the labor force operates outside
the formal economy. Recent government reforms could promote growth and reduce regional inequality.
Robust Regional Banking Sector
Faces New Economic Hurdles Kelly Klemme and Edward C. Skelton
Profitability held steady at Eleventh District banks in 2014 as they continued outperforming their counterparts nationwide. However, rising interest rates and lower oil prices have emerged as potential tests for the region’s institutions.
On the Record: Trade Advocates, Cattlemen Have Beef with Meat Labeling Rules A Conversation with Colin Woodall
Texas, as the nation’s top cattle producer, has a stake in regulations governing beef sales. Besides meat products, federal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules cover labeling of fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association senior vice president of government affairs, discusses requirements for labeling designed, in part, to provide consumers with information about the source of foods served on dinner tables.
ADP Payroll Processing Data Can Provide Early Look at Texas Job Growth Keith R. Phillips and Christopher Slijk
A monthly estimate of state job growth prepared by payroll processor ADP is a reliable advance indicator of changes in official employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ADP figures are useful in providing timely analysis of the Texas economy.
Texas Facing Economic Headwinds in 2015 Keith R. Phillips and Christopher Slijk
Texas job growth is likely to slow in 2015 from last year’s rapid pace as the state economy absorbs the impact of collapsing energy prices that have curtailed oil patch activity.
On the Record: Immigrant Legalization Offers Range of Economic Gains, Some Fiscal Costs A Conversation with Pia Orrenius
Pia Orrenius is a vice president and senior economist at the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas. She has written extensively on the economic
effects of immigration and coauthored the book Beside the Golden
Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization. She
discusses the Obama administration’s recently announced plans to
legalize the status of several million unauthorized immigrants.