Nasdaq Inc. is in talks with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about potentially relocating the exchange’s electronic trading systems from New Jersey to Dallas-Fort Worth, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Other trading exchanges also could be involved in the discussions, both sources said.

Nasdaq is planning a visit to Texas to meet with the governor, according to one of the sources. Leaders of the exchange have had “a great dialogue” with Abbott, the source said.

The exchange, which lists about 176 Texas companies and has 87 employees in the state, is intrigued by an opportunity touted by Abbott to power its electronic infrastructure with renewable energy from wind farms in the state, according to one of the sources. Nasdaq is the trading platform for many of the nation’s environmentally conscious companies.

When Facebook invested $1 billion in building its massive data center at AllianceTexas north of Fort Worth, it struck a deal to buy its electricity from a 17,000-acre wind farm under construction at the time. Facebook, which trades on Nasdaq, is now planning to add to its 150-acre campus, which opened in 2017.

Dallas-Fort Worth isn’t alone in wooing the stock exchanges. Officials in Virginia, North Carolina and Illinois have also had discussions with Nasdaq, one of the sources said.

In a statement to The Dallas Morning News, Nasdaq vice president of communications Joe Christinat said: “We are assessing all options, but our No. 1 priority is protecting the U.S. capital markets and its investors.”

A spokesman for the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company, the Intercontinental Exchange, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

A potential tax on financial transactions in New Jersey, where Nasdaq and other exchanges house the data systems that power Wall Street’s daily trades, is what’s driving the talks.

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As restaurants across Texas continue to suffer due to inadequate revenue during the coronavirus pandemic, representatives at the Texas Restaurant Association have drastically changed their rallying cry.

No longer is Texas Restaurant Association CEO Emily Williams Knight telling restaurant owners to lean on the government for help during a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. She’s now saying that more federal financial aid is not coming. At least, not fast enough to save another 10% of restaurants in Texas from failing.

“I can no longer string along our restaurants,” Knight says. “There isn’t financial relief coming.”

Discussions, though rocky, had continued between Democrats and Republicans until President Donald Trump told them to “stop negotiating,” he wrote in a tweet on Oct. 6.

Knight believes that this news from the White House “means thousands of additional restaurants will close.”

President Donald Trump holds his face mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House on Monday.

The Democrats’ $2.2 trillion bill, an updated version of the HEROES act, might still provide stimulus checks someday. The House of Representatives passed the act on Oct. 1. But even before Trump halted talks, Knight believed that financial help for restaurants seemed unlikely. Major news events like the Supreme Court justice nominee discussion, last week’s presidential debate, the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis and, of course, the upcoming presidential election slowed Congressional talks.

“We have given up,” Knight says. “Washington, D.C., and our elected officials have played games. … There’s nothing but partisan politics to blame for this.”

Representatives from the national Independent Restaurant Coalition are still optimistic that both Democrats and Republicans want to help restaurants eventually. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin offered a separate plan that gives $120 billion to restaurants and hotels in his $1.62 trillion proposal. Trump called Mnuchin’s plan “very generous” in a tweet.

Congress remains gridlocked over how to provide Americans additional relief related to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

University of Houston professor Nancy Beck Young, Ph.D., guesses a relief package could land in mid to late

Throughout 2020, the Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas, according to REAL Trends Inc.

“Long life is a privilege not everyone, or every company, gets to enjoy,” said Chris Kelly, Ebby Halliday Companies’ president and CEO.

“During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.”

The legacy of Ebby Halliday, who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors in 1945, is carried out daily in North Texas through 2,000-plus agents and staff across three real estate brands and in-house mortgage, insurance and title companies. It is now amplified by the Ebby Halliday Companies’ affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America, the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company.

Acquired by HomeServices in 2018, the Ebby Halliday Companies are modernizing homeownership services and are focused on ensuring that homeownership is available to everyone who wants to own a home in North Texas. Among the company’s primary business objectives in 2020 is furthering access to homeownership opportunities for historically marginalized communities.

The Ebby Halliday Companies include real estate brands Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew and core-services companies Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” said Kelly. “Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and, most importantly,

The annual referendum on one of the boldest contracts in the history of college sports arrives again on Saturday. For Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, the early results on his axis-shifting jump from Florida State to College Station back in December of 2017 have been pedestrian.

Considering all the self-congratulatory noise Texas A&M made when hiring Fisher, the on-field realities have been defiantly vanilla. You don’t guarantee $75 million over 10 years for vanilla. The best way to sum up Fisher’s middle-class mediocrity is that Mississippi State’s Mike Leach generated more on-field buzz in one game than Fisher has in 27.

No. 13 Texas A&M visits No. 2 Alabama amid the sun-splashed inevitability of high CBS ratings on Saturday. And that will give us the annual peek at how Fisher is justifying his monster contract, which is now in its third season. Alabama remains the gold standard of SEC football. And no one knows this better than Fisher, a former Nick Saban assistant at LSU in the early 2000s.

So far, the Alabama referendum has been unkind to Fisher. He’s lost the first two games by an average of nearly three touchdowns (20.5). Texas A&M is a 17.5-point road underdog on Saturday, and only the most die-hard A&M fans can conjure paths to victory in Tuscaloosa. With Florida visiting College Station in Week 3, you don’t need Nostradamus to predict heavy cross-winds of criticism coming Fisher’s way this fall if Texas A&M starts 1-2.

In Year 3 under Fisher, Texas A&M has no clear identity, no program-altering wins and little optimism to compete in the SEC West. At 18-9 through three seasons and coming off a sputtering mess of a 17-12 victory over Vanderbilt to open 2020, it’s hard to argue that Fisher has been worth the money.

It’s too early

AUSTIN — Texas collected 6.1% less in sales tax in September than a year earlier, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Thursday.

Retail trade was a rare bright spot, he said.

The state’s oil and gas sector, though, continued to get hammered. So did all other major sectors except retail.

A pre-pandemic bolstering of sales-tax collections on e-commerce has helped offset what would otherwise be even bigger setbacks to the state’s revenue workhorse, Hegar said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and low price of crude oil continue to weigh on the Texas economy and sales tax revenue,” he said in a written statement.

In five of six months since the pandemic struck, the state’s sales tax haul is down from 2019. A 4.3% increase in July, based on Gov. Greg Abbott’s full reopening of the economy in June, was the only exception. Otherwise the trend has been down: By 9.3% in April, 13.2% in May, 6.5% in June, 5.6% in August and 6.1% last month.

Texas’ monthly sales-tax haul has slumped again, raising questions about how the state economy is faring amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wrapping up the state fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Tuesday issued revenue numbers that had more down arrows than up arrows.

In July, Hegar announced that what had been expected to be a nearly $3 billion positive end balance in general-purpose revenue for this cycle instead would be at least a $4.6 billion shortfall.

Last week, in his office’s publication “Fiscal Notes,” Hegar explained why prospects for state budget writers when the Legislature meets next year could get better – or even worse.

“COVID-19 is not disappearing,” he said. “We’re going to have to learn how to strike a balance between keeping people safe and allowing the economy to slowly open up. We have to recognize the new norm.”

But “human behavior” is hard to forecast, he said.

“Even when restrictions are lifted or loosened, when will people feel safe going to the movies again? When will they feel comfortable packing into stadiums or attending conferences and conventions? It’s difficult