Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, Jan. 2, 2023:
The opening day of the Texas Legislature is a just over a week away. What can Texans expect when lawmakers reconvene on Jan. 10? We’ll go in-depth with Austin American-Statesman state politics reporter Niki Griswold and Texas Tribune politics reporter James Barragán.
Electric vehicles just got several thousand dollars cheaper for many, due to a federal tax credit that kicked in on New Year’s Day. The move from the Biden administration aligns with plans for a national network of 500,000 chargers along federal highways. Aaron Choate, president of the Austin Area Electric Vehicle Association, shares what it could mean for Texans.
Between inflation, high housing costs and gas prices that were all over the place, 2022 put a strain on many Texans’ pocketbooks. What does the new year have in store? The 2023 Texas Economic Forecast from Texas A&M’s Texas Real Estate Research Center may offer some clues. A&M economist Adam Perdue joins us with more.
This Kerrville classical concert plays a different tune
Most symphonic music that gets played here is hundreds of years old, and from Europe. The music of Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills’ next concert is neither. Texas Public Radio arts and culture reporter Jack Morgan explains:
Texas Christian University is just one win away from clinching the college football championship, cementing an amazing season for the Horned Frogs. Steven Johnson, TCU beat writer for Fort Worth Star-Telegram, talks about the Frogs’ Cinderella season.
A federal lawsuit says the VA isn’t doing enough to address a long history of racial bias in its benefit and claims decisions. The agency acknowledges that Black veterans traditionally have been less likely to qualify for benefits. Desiree D’lorio reports for the American Homefront Project.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.