Dallas City Council members who want to make a big public park the centerpiece of any Fair Park privatization plan seized political momentum Monday afternoon during a council briefing.
It’s clear now that Mayor Mike Rawlings doesn’t have the votes to ram through a version of the plan that would commit the city of Dallas to $600 million-plus in repairs, salaries, and fees, while leaving the actual park contingent on the success of some future fundraising drive.Read More →
The Fast Growth School Coalition is lying about Watchdog’s reporting on the most expensive junior high construction project in state history, and misrepresenting the testimony of a prominent conservative activist.
The coalition, which exists to justify massive school bonds, sent out a press release Thursday morning claiming that a state Senate committee had been given bad information about the cost of a junior high in the Alvin Independent School District, south of Houston. It hadn’t.Read More →
Watchdog’s poster boy for out-of-control school district spending showed up at the Capitol Monday to argue against a proposal requiring more disclosure of the full costs of school bonds.
Reformers say that Texas’ runaway local borrowing suggests that voters aren’t fully informed about bond costs, and that one answer would be including the full cost of a bond on the ballot, along with the size of the tax increase required to repay it with interest.Read More →
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini and her associates have agreed to pay roughly $38 million to settle a lawsuit in which they were accused of seizing control of a massive real estate inheritance for their own enrichment. The Laredo Democrat still has a chance to get richer. She and her crew will walk away owning 444 acres […]Read More →
Last month, as Dallas police officers were being gunned down by an assassin, student body vice president Rohini Sethi posted a message to Facebook: “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter.”
This set campus blacktivists atwitter, and the student senate responded by passing a bill 13-2 to grant student body president Shane Smith “temporary power” to punish Sethi.Read More →
A $610-million no-bid contract for a project without a budget, or even a clear purpose, was approved by the Dallas Park and Recreation Board on a 9-5 vote Thursday.
The agreement to privatize Fair Park, home of the State Fair of Texas, now heads to the Dallas City Council.Read More →