Why massive new youth sports facilities may not lead to the tourist boom many communities hope for when they build them

Parents who travel with their kids to compete in regional sports tournaments tend to be too focused on the competition to turn them into family vacations and spend like tourists, according to our recently published research. This is bad news to the many communities that spend millions of dollars on state-of-the-art sports facilities to host such tournaments in […]

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz join united Republican opposition to federal voting rights bills

Texas’ U.S. senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, are on track next week to help deliver what could be the final blow to Democratic hopes of passing a federal voting bill that would shut down many of the voter restrictions the Texas Legislature passed into law last year. The U.S. Senate is expected to soon […]

Alaska to receive $225M in federal funds for bridge repair

Alaska will receive $225 million over the next five years to repair the state’s 141 bridges that are in poor condition, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money for the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program – or Bridge Formula Program – comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by […]

Sports expert Q&A on what Djokovic row means for unvaccinated elite athletes

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after the country’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, cancelled his visa “on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. This follows an earlier quashing of the original decision by Border Force officials to cancel the Serbian player’s visa when he arrived in Australia […]

Texas judge opens door for widespread constitutional challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott’s border initiative

A state district judge Thursday may have set in motion a new wave of legal challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott’s trouble-plagued border security initiative, ruling that one migrant’s arrest on state misdemeanor trespassing charges violated the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause because immigration enforcement is the federal government’s job. In the first Travis County court hearing […]

Gov. Newsom budget proposal doubles down on high speed rail, electric vehicles

Gov. Gavin Newsom reiterated a commitment to supporting the development of high-speed rail projects on Thursday, highlighting a $9.1 billion transit package to support transportation projects statewide. The governor presented his $286.4 billion budget proposal on Monday. The spending plan includes billions for transportation projects across the state. The proposed $9.1 billion plan would spend on projects […]

Super Bowl could be latest casualty for California, in a trend where those potentially leaving California are eying Texas

With the NFL playoffs beginning, there has been speculation the league is considering another location other than Los Angeles for next month’s Super Bowl. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is open for business for Super Bowl LVI. Abbott’s pitch comes after businesses and residents have increasingly left California over the last two years for […]

Oklahoma sets December record for gross receipts

Oklahoma collected $1.4 billion in gross receipts in December, a record-high for the state and a 22% increase over last year’s collections, according to a news release from State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Gross receipts collected in 2021 also set a record and were almost $2 billion higher than 2020, McDaniel said. Less than half of […]

Tennessee highways rank 10th nationally in condition, cost-effectiveness

The cost-effectiveness and condition of Tennessee’s highways ranked 10th in the nation in the Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report. Tennessee ranked seventh in last year’s report. Tennessee’s worst rankings came in fatality rate (40th) and urban fatality rate (46th). “Tennessee’s 1.37 overall fatality rate is 20% higher than peer state Missouri’s rate, but slightly lower than […]

Oklahoma lawmaker introduces bill to legalize sports betting

State Rep. Ken Luttrell said the time is right for Oklahoma to legalize sports betting and has introduced a bill to add sports gambling to the state’s tribal gaming compact. Regulated sports betting could bring in about $240 million in revenue and create more than 3,000 jobs based on a report from the Oxford Economics Group. Sports betting […]