This Week in Texas: July 25, 2012

Posted July 25, 2012 in The Mignon Memo

Not to sound like a broken record, but here’s one more reminder to go vote.  Early voting for the Texas primary runoff election began on Monday and runs through this Friday, July 27th.  In order to vote in the runoff election, you must be a registered voter but you need not have voted in the May 29th primary election.  If you voted in one party’s primary election, you may not vote in the other party’s runoff election.  Look for the results of the runoff elections in next week’s memo.

The Texas Workforce Commission has released the latest job numbers for Texas.  Texas added 12,900 jobs in June yet the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7 percent, still below the national jobless rate at 8.2 percent.  Job growth was seen in construction as well as education and health services.  Manufacturing and information resources showed job losses.

Austin financial consultant and historic preservation activist August Harris III was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission by Gov. Rick Perry. Harris’ term will expire in February 2015.  Perry also appointed Michael Donegan of Rockwall, an accounts manager at El Dorado Chemical Co. and former mayor of McLendon-Chisholm, to the commission.