The EPA may attempt to block Texas seawater desalination plant in Corpus Christi

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up-to-date on the top Texas news. Texas regulators on Thursday issued an environmental permit for the Port of Corpus Christi to build what could become the state’s first seawater desalination plant, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may refuse. to accept it. The state … Read more

Texas prohibits financial companies from doing business with state agencies

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. Texas banned 10 financial firms from doing business with the state after controller Glenn Hegar said Wednesday that he does not support the oil and gas industry. Hegar, a Republican running for re-election in November, banned … Read more

ERCOT chooses Pablo Vegas as the new CEO of the Texas grid operator

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. Pablo Vegas, a utility executive who lives in Ohio, will be the new leader of Texas’s largest electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT’s board of directors announced the hiring of Vegas on … Read more

38 States Not Taxing Social Security Benefits | Smart Change: Personal Finance

(Kailey Hagen) With retirement becoming more and more expensive, people want to figure out how to increase their Social Security dollars as much as possible. You probably know the things you can do to increase your benefits, such as increasing your income today. But most people don’t think enough to avoid social security benefits taxes. … Read more