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Kenric Ward is the San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org. A California native and veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 and previously reported from Virginia. Kenric can be reached at [email protected]

Eyeing I-35 tolls, a new driver for Lone Star Rail?

By   /  August 24, 2016  /  News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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With its funds frozen, a controversial passenger rail line between Austin and San Antonio is signaling for a new driver to run tracks along Interstate 35. “This all but guarantees that tollpayers on I-35 will pay to subsidize Lone Star Rail for eternity,” a critic predicts.

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San Antonio plans for light rail despite voter opposition

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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After repeated defeats at the polls, a controversial light rail system remains in San Antonio’s planning documents. “It’s about rent-seeking developers looking for their next handout,” a critic charges.

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City sinks $93,680 more into sidewalk toilet

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Installation work brings the total tab for San Antonio’s sidewalk toilet to $191,380 – nearly double the announced price. The city says there should be no more trickle-down costs.

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Taxpayers subsidize Google Fiber in this city with bargain land leases

By   /  August 11, 2016  /  News, Technology, Texas  /  No Comments

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San Antonio taxpayers are subsidizing Google Fiber with a series of bargain land leases, and cleaning up after the company’s drilling mess.

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Shrinking Texas school district goes for max tax, more debt

By   /  August 10, 2016  /  Education, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Despite declining enrollment and rising revenues, a San Antonio school district is seeking to float $450 million in additional debt and a maximum property tax increase.

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Property taxes trigger ‘growing social crisis in Texas’

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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A Texas lawmaker is calling local politicians to account for their fatuous assertion that steady tax rates mean flat property tax bills. “That’s simply not true,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston.

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