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Mark Lisheron was a former Austin-based reporter for Watchdog.org.

Another government hospital runs over budget, repeating a wasteful pattern

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

“They like to hold hearings where they can wave their arms around and talk about waste, fraud and abuse,” Edwards said. “And then it’s wink wink, nudge nudge and all that extra spending for their districts.”

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Separating fact from fiction on Texas school spending

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Commentary, Education, Federal Government, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

“For many schools the recession never ended.” With the media in Texas turning its attention to what will be a full-throated debate on school finance reform in this next legislative session, the grim headline on a National Public Radio website story demanded attention. The point of the story came in the single quote from Michael Leachman, […]

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Bag bans going bust

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“There are a lot of policy reasons bag bans are a bad idea, besides not having any impact on the problem they are supposed to solve,” Quintero said. “But in both the Laredo and Brownsville cases it’s a matter of both local governments breaking the law.”

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Lone Star Rail dead … or is it?

By   /  October 18, 2016  /  News, State Government, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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What about the taxpayers’ nine million bucks? James Quintero, a local governance specialist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thinks the Legislature ought to make sure every penny is returned. As is so often the case, Quintero said, it might not work out that way. The $9 million is what was left after the Capital […]

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Austin all in on atrophying transit

By   /  October 14, 2016  /  Jobs + Growth, News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

With all of the attention in Austin focused on a divisive $720 million transportation bond question on the Nov. 8 ballot, a couple of items of local transit news scuttled by. Plagued by flat ridership and buoyed by $10 million a year in taxpayer subsidies, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s MetroRail announced it would accept cash […]

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Texas debates getting out of the business incentives game

By   /  October 12, 2016  /  Florida, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“It’s time to stop acting like this is free money and get rid of all this crap,” Stansel said.

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