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Black entrepreneurs tend to struggle with maintaining financial stability and therefore, have trouble growing their businesses, according to an African-American Business Enterprise survey.  

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“The Mercado was like the Ellis Island of San Antonio,” says Jorge Cortez. “Most of the immigrants worked there.”

Cortez’s father, Pete, was reminded of his homeland when he first encountered the bustling market. “Mi tierra,” Cortez says. “He saw the musicians, he saw the chili queens, he smelled the fruit… all of that made a difference [to him].”

Google.com

 

A revitalization project for San Antonio’s Eastside community now bears the mark of Gov. Greg Abbott’s veto pen.  The Governor line-item vetoed a section of the state budget that would’ve rehabilitated and repurposed the city’s G.J. Sutton facility.

 

 

The 1912 building was once a featured structure of the City of San Antonio skyline.  But now city councilmember Allen Warrick says because of its dilapidated condition and lack of repairs the historic state building remains a shell of its former self.

 

Ryan E. Poppe

State lawmakers will hear testimony Wednesday on a controversial bill aimed at limiting the type of ordinances and rules that city councils can pass. Opponents argue that the bill calls “what constitutes local control and limited government” into question.

McClatchy Newspapers

Construction firms in Texas are dodging taxes, shifting them to employees and shorting the government out of $1.2 billion, according to a new investigative report called Contract to Cheat conducted by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and McClatchey newspapers.

More than 37% of Texas' 800,000 construction workers are being misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, says an investigative report.

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