Twelve years ago, the Texas economy appeared to be losing its mojo.
Texas was sliding down the list of the top 10 states in attracting giant industrial firms because of its growing burden of school property taxes.
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Eyes on business and government
Laylan Copelin has covered public policy and politics for the American-Statesman for three decades. Focusing on business issues in recent years, he has examined such topics as the use of taxpayer incentives for private industry, plans to develop the Capitol complex with private sector projects and the risk of a statewide electricity shortage.