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Kenric Ward was a former San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org.

School choice proponents hope for a ‘grand bargain’

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Education, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

“There are people who want more money for schools, but only if there’s something for parents,” says former school lobbyist Allan Parker.

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Travis County sheriff cannot verify release of criminal illegals

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Federal government, Immigration, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 142 charged suspects on requested immigration detainers were released from the Travis County jail.

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Texas property taxes will keep climbing under SB 2

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Legislature, News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Homeowners in just 10 of 34 cities and counties would realize any savings under Senate Bill 2, passed by the Senate Tuesday.

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Bus-stop merry-go-round invites an unholy mess

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by Kenric Ward

In its ever-shifting placement of bus shelters, VIA has a stop 250 feet east of St. Joseph’s Church and had one 100 feet west.

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Covering their assets, local officials bash property tax relief

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Legislature, News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Is the sky falling or not? Can SB2 be an existential threat to localities, but mere chump change to taxpayers?

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Sunshine Week: Lots of money, little transparency in Texas bond campaigns

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Accountability, Commentary, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by Kenric Ward

Straight answers and financial transparency are in short supply whenever Texans are asked to approve bond referendums. As the nation marks “Sunshine Week” to promote open government, San Antonio’s rear-engineered debt package is the city’s latest, biggest example of government operating in the dark.

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