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Local lobbying bill tops $16 million at taxpayer expense

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Legislature, News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Local governments, including public schools, paid $16,062,496 in taxpayer dollars to lobby the Texas Legislature in 2015. More money will on the line when lawmakers convene in January.

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SEIU Texas files for bankruptcy after losing suit

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Judiciary, Labor, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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SEIU Texas filed for bankruptcy over the weekend following a $7.8 million judgement in a lawsuit brought by a janitorial service company the union sought to destroy.

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Austin craft brewery booming, but threatened by distributor rule

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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Live Oak Brewing Company is a success story 20 years in the making, but a battle over distribution rights could hamper the Austin microbrewery and hundreds like it.

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City gives citizens the runaround on Google huts

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Accountability, Crony Capitalism, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A neighborhood campaign to stop the conversion of San Antonio parkland for Google Fiber operations is getting stonewalled at City Hall — even as one official admits taking shortcuts.

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Arlington plays the stadium game with fear and arrogance

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

It’s that Bart Giamatti time of year. Baseball, the late commissioner and professor Renaissance literature, famously observed, “is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it […]

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Cities ‘disingenuous’ on taxes, senator says

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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A battle between Texas cities and the state Legislature broke out Tuesday, with property taxpayers in the crossfire. “I side with the payers, not the spenders,” state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said in unveiling Senate Bill 2 to reform Texas’ increasingly burdensome property tax system.

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