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Austin @ Large: How Weird Is That?
Austin's new recipe for economic vitality collides with the reigning quality-of-life agenda
"..."Naked City") from the Mayor's Task Force on the Economy, chaired by council members Will Wynn and Betty Dunkerley..."

Nov. 29, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Our readers talk back.
" a real boon to our town and local economy and breathe creative energy into our community that while..."

Oct. 4, 2002 Column

Our readers talk back.
"...E.g., since November of 2000, the Federal Reserve Bank ( has shown interest rates have been falling. But, in..."

May 24, 2002 Column

Jesus Saves
With the city facing its biggest budget crunch in a decade, city manager Jesus Garza has begun to make some tough financial choices.
"...we said we didn't have enough money and the economy was booming. Now that every major company in the..."

May 25, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

A new economic report shows the arts in Texas to be fundamental part of the economy, and Austin theatres enjoy a booming beginning to 2001.
"...its report on "The Arts, Culture, and the Texas Economy." With every day bringing more news of corporate cutbacks,..."

Feb. 2, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Let Them Eat Cake
The Return of Tax Giveaways
"...aren't needed to lure companies to Austin's already booming economy, one that is becoming increasingly dependent on the highly..."

May 5, 1995 News Feature by Alex de Marban

The Next Austin Bust
Will it be bad? Can we be ready? Or should we not care?
" the rest of the state rearranges its own economy around the ups and downs of energy prices, defense..."

March 8, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Obama Eats, Bumps, and Leaves
The fist bump heard ’round the world
" with residents, and deliver a speech on the economy. Our writers posted two reports on the visit –..."

July 18, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Brigid Shea: 'A Proven Leader'
Brigid Shea sits down for a Q&A on a wide range of city topics
"...funding across the state of Texas you hurt the economy of the State of Texas. I'm not naïve to..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Hightower Report
Don't blame Wall Street – you're just not spending fast enough
"...You know what's wrong with the American economy, Bucko? You, that's what...."

Sept. 30, 2011 News Column by Jim Hightower

The Hightower Report
Back to the Great Recession; and Subsidizing Plutocrats
"...a firing rampage, they are shoving the entire U.S. economy back into the Great Recession – or worse...."

Aug. 5, 2011 News Column by Jim Hightower

Page Two: Budgetary Fantasies
Those who think budget-cutting is easy will soon learn otherwise
"...effectively raise taxes, which would hurt the already weak economy. During most of the Bush administration, many of the..."

Nov. 26, 2010 Column by Louis Black

Art Work
Local artists convene for a conversation about art, labor, and the economy
"..."We can see how the collapse of the economy is affecting everyone. Something must be done. Let's talk...."

Jan. 22, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Point Austin: Welcome to Hard Times
Ausitn Interfaith's summit addresses economic plans, current crisis
" address workforce and education needs for a changing economy." In actual practice, the event functioned emotionally as a..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Letters at 3AM
Every dollar we print is a prayer that China won't turn us away
"...paper, prop up our government, and invest in our economy, no matter what. How the richest, strongest nation remains..."

Jan. 30, 2009 Column by Michael Ventura

Point Austin: Bernanke Speaks
The Fed chairman visits, and the news is very mixed
"...Bernanke only passingly acknowledged the "strong and diversified" Texas economy before plunging into the "economic and financial challenges" facing..."

Dec. 5, 2008 News Column by Michael King

Austin Unchained
Think globally, shop locally, and we'll all be better for it
"...the local economic shadows cast by the darkening national economy provide a fresh reason to heed the Austin Unchained..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Can the Bands Play On?
The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame
"...and as a quality-of-life booster – stimulates the local economy annually to the tune of nearly a billion dollars...."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
"...• Austin's economy continues to cruise along, according to a report by..."

Nov. 23, 2007 News Feature

Letters at 3AM
The White House resorted to scare tactics, terror alerts, and slander following the Democratic Convention in order to avert the public's attention from newly released statistics documenting the country's economic downturn
"...the front page: JOB CREATION STUNNINGLY WEAK. "The U.S. economy created only 32,000 jobs in July, much fewer than..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Column by Michael Ventura

The Usual Suspects
The first year of the Will Wynn era closes to very mixed reviews, as Austinites wonder whether the city leadership is floundering.
"...make increasingly difficult and historic decisions – about the economy, the environment, growth management, transportation and infrastructure, and future..."

July 9, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Austin's chain store vs. local business battle is economic and political.
"...that means. That's what Wynn's Task Force on the Economy concluded; that was the meaning of the fight over..."

Nov. 14, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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"...and rejoice in tax cuts. They always stimulate the economy when combined with a responsible, balanced budget. At the..."

June 6, 2003 Column

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The Mayor's Task Force on the Economy is not completely clear on the concept.
"...what he would do as mayor to turn the economy around. Why, tomorrow, he beamed, the Mayor's Task Force..."

April 18, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin @ Large: Jackie Opts Out
Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman declines to run for the job itself.
" tighten our belts now, how to rebuild the economy later, how to accommodate whatever growth is inevitable without..."

Jan. 17, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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"...Treasury deeper into red ink and would cripple our economy by soaking up massive amounts of capital. The shortage..."

June 21, 2002 Column

Page Two
The economy begins to affect local businesses, as the ongoing debate over Sixth Street continues.
"...The economy had been like a dark storm cloud on the..."

May 4, 2001 Column by Louis Black

Capitol Chronicle
Surveying the George W. Bush Legacy in Texas
"...benefit of a budget), marketed to "jump-start" a lagging economy, even though its effects wouldn't be felt for at..."

March 16, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
GSD&M lays off 32 employees, the first lay-offs in the Austin ad company's recent history.
"...32 employees in anticipation of continued downturns in the economy, a company official said last week...."

Dec. 29, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Austin's high tech economy is boosting some wages, but leaving others behind, while the cost of living rises
" the period from 1997-98, according to data from, which the Chamber report cites. For the decade, wages..."

Dec. 29, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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