Inflated Inflation Influence
Column Published in syndication June 16, 2021

Calm down! Recent inflation reports have caused alarm and, frankly, overreaction. The overall Consumer Price Index increased again in May, bringing the rate over the last 12 months to 5.0%. It was the largest 12-month increase since a 5.4% rise observed in August 2008, during the midst of the Great Recession. The index for all items less food and energy rose 3.8%, the largest annualized increase since June 1992.

A Missing Chapter
Column Published in syndication June 09, 2021

Over 20 years ago, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Economic Development Act, which allows school districts to offer tax incentives for businesses that invest in their communities. The Act, commonly called "Chapter 313" because of its position in the Texas Tax Code, fundamentally improved the economic development landscape. Chapter 313 has been extended several times but is now set to expire December 31, 2022.

What is the goal for the new technology program the US Senate recently passed?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 10, 2021

Dr. Perryman discusses the importance of this bill and what the financial investment will support. 

How useful is the task force strategy for recovering ransom payments?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 09, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains the merit of this approach, especially as the group was able to recover the payment from the recent Colonial Pipeline hack. 

What does the G7 global minimum tax rate mean?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 08, 2021

Dr. Perryman describes the purpose of the agreement and whether it is really feasible to execute.

The Session
Column Published in syndication June 02, 2021

The recent legislative session will not soon be forgotten. The focus was perpetually on anything but initiatives required to move Texas forward. Some high profile measures stalled but will no doubt resurface; others passed.

How did the job numbers look in May?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 07, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains what the latest jobs numbers mean for the economy as it recovers from the pandemic.

What progress was made on the state's electric grid during the legislative session?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 04, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains the steps needed to ensure Texas can access sufficient power supply in emergency situations.

How effective was Texas' legislative session this year?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 03, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains necessary measures to create a sustainable path forward for the state that nevertheless went unmet over the course of this session.

Why should Texas avoid passing its proposed voter restriction bill?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 02, 2021

Dr. Perryman describes the economic implications and significant risk of passing such a measure.