Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007 to 2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for the Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. Her first book, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right, was published in April 2013 by Public Affairs Books. She lives in Austin.
Why Texas should think about raising the minimum wage—and why doing so might not be such a good idea in other states.
"I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this," says the chairman of the state GOP.
After the 2011 budget cuts, the Lege has some room for reform on public education.
The Texas Senate passes its version of the supplemental appropriations bill for some cash-strapped state agencies.
In his biennial address on the state of the judiciary, the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court remembers the Alamo.
Space entrepreneur (and noted crank) Elon Musk's latest project is ready to launch. Will the Open Beaches Act stand in his way?
What’s really behind Dan Patrick’s bill on graduation requirements at the state’s public universities?
Too many people, most of whom don’t know what they’re talking about. In defense of our (mostly) great state.
The Democrats in the Texas Senate might not be crazy about this year’s budget, but most of them are a lot happier than they were in 2011.
This week’s debate on the PUC shows why the sunset process continues to shine light on good government.
Has Texas entered a new era in which talking about new revenue doesn’t equal certain political death?
The Senate’s unanimous passage of SB 7 gives a small hint of what a Texas approach to Medicaid might look like.
Polls show that a majority of Texans support legal recognition for same-sex couples, but legalizing marriage equality in Texas would require an amendment to the state constitution.
Whatever happens to the struggling agency, the fallout from the scandal will linger.