The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.
Texas Lawmakers Explore Paring Back Free Tuition for Veterans' Kids
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: In 2015, the program [Hazlewood] cost Texas universities a combined $178 million, according to the state comptroller's office. But what that number will look like three years from now is a matter of debate. In 2015, the Legislative Budget Board predicted that it would cost $380 million by 2019. A report by Rice University's Hobby Center for the Study of Texas commissioned by the Texas Veterans Commission, however, suggested that the number may be much lower.
Texas College Officials Want State to Pay Veterans' Tuition
From the Houston Chronicle: Texas university officials urged the state to either absorb millions of dollars in higher education benefits for veterans and their dependents or limit who can access the funds.
Democrats' Best Shot in Texas is Party-switching Judge
From San Antonio Express News: After two decades of statewide election losses, Democrats seem unlikely to end Texas Republicans' longest-in-the nation winning streak come November. The only real threat looks to be incumbent Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence Meyers, who switched parties to become a Democrat in 2013 and now faces a tough re-election race.
Census Data Shows Rising Young Latino Workforce, Whether Texas is Ready or Not
From The Dallas Morning News: Texas' demographic face is changing rapidly, census data released this week shows, raising questions about whether institutions and policies are keeping pace.
Fall in Oil Prices Does Little to Slow Houston's Population Growth
From the Houston Chronicle: The Houston area added more people last year than any metropolitan region in the country, continuing its exceptional growth of the last decade and a half, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday.