"Texas law is clear -- disaster reappraisal is meant to promote good fiscal stewardship and aid disaster recovery efforts," said Bryan Mathew, a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. "We urge the Texas Attorney General to issue an opinion that follows the intent of the law, and that protects taxpayers still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey."
"Job creation in Texas rebounded last month after declining from the effects of Hurricane Harvey in September," said Dr. Ginn. "Net nonfarm jobs increased by 71,500 jobs in October for a nation-leading total of 316,100 jobs added in the last year. Texas has now created net nonfarm jobs in a remarkable 80 of the last 85 months, contributing to the creation of roughly one out of every five new jobs nationwide since December 2007. The Texas model's success doesn't end there as the state's record low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent continues to be at or below 5 percent for an unmatched 40 straight months in comparable states. Texas' rebound in job creation after a record rain event shows the resiliency of Texans to flourish in a free enterprise system with limited government."