Tom Pauken

The Underdog

Sep 12, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

Tom Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, knows he has an uphill climb to defeat Greg Abbott in the Republican primary for governor next March. But he’s not interested in what he calls “the divine right of succession.”

Unemployment Fund situation dire

Feb 26, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

At yesterday's hearing of the Texas Senate Nominations Committee, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken didn't mince words about the dire situation facing the state's unemployment rate -- and the fund the state relies upon to pay unemployment benefits.  The Unemployment Compensation Trust  Fund will be flat broke sometime next fall if current unemployment trends continue. Pauken was forthright, but not alarmist: he has reasonable-sounding plans in mind for borrowing money to keep the system running. But his remarks certainly put in perspective the on-going argument over whether the state should take $555 million in federal economic stimulus money.  As you know, Gov. Rick Perry is suspicious of the "strings" attached to the federal dollars -- which include using a more timely data that would help unemployed  workers get assistance faster. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas "disregards the most recent quarter and uses the previous four quarters."  Some people believe this particularly affects low-wage workers who go in and out of the workforce. Here's a report from Texas Monthly intern Abby Rapaport, who covered yesterday's hearing:

Primary Cullers

Apr 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

Winners in the March 10 primaries: George W. Bush His archnemesis, former Republican state chairman Tom Pauken, failed to make the runoff for attorney general, while his point man for his strategy to win Hispanic votes, former Secretary of State Tony Garza, won the GOP nomination for railroad commissioner. Big…

Right, but Wrong

Apr 30, 1995 By Paul Burka

In his memoirs, archconservative state GOP chair Tom Pauken refights the cultural wars of the sixties—and loses.