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    June 20, 2018

    A Primer on the Labor Force Participation Rate

    If you follow the jobs report issued by the Labor Department each month, you have probably heard of something called the “labor force participation rate.”  This is the percentage of the population between the ages of 16-64 that are employed or unemployed but looking for work.  Of course, there are many reasons that a person...
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    June 13, 2018

    The Flood Discussion Continues

    Two important documents were recently released on flooding in our region. The first is the Harris County Flood Control District’s (HCFCD) report on Hurricane Harvey written by Jeff Lindner and Scott Fitzgerald, the HCFCD’s chief meteorologist and engineer, respectively.  The 32-page report is chock-full of statistics, tables and maps that detail Harvey’s rainfall and flooding. ...
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    June 4, 2018

    Lowering Flood Levels is Vastly More Important than Raising Structures

    There are two basic strategies for mitigating flood damages.  One is to raise the level at which structures are built.  The second is to lower the level of the flood waters.  While flood mitigation policy should utilize both, the latter is vastly more efficient and effective. The first, and most obvious reason that lowering flood...

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