Houston owes workers a half-billion thanks to bonus sick days

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Some deals are so good they can only be achieved when the union is sitting on both sides of the table.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
HOUSTON – Taxpayers owe Houston public employees nearly a half-billion dollars for unused time off.
That’s roughly the amount the employees of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio have racked up, combined.
Houston’s outsized liability for leave time is due in large part to the city’s extraordinary sick day policy. The bottom line: If you [...]

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$775 million bond would max out Texas school district’s credit

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Frisco ISD plans to build 14 new schools with a massive bond package.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
A north Dallas school district that’s already underwater by $167 million is seeking to max out its borrowing capacity with a $775 million school construction bond next month.
If voters in the Frisco Independent School District authorize a new bond issue next month, the district’s 163,000 residents will be on the hook [...]

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Texas judge tries to order the entire world not to discuss case

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

So Google is the one who's in charge of deleting stuff from the internet, right?

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
A district court judge in Galveston County is issuing orders to the entire Internet, trying to gag the world from writing anything about a case that didn’t matter much to anyone in the first place.
The facts of the case aren’t that important. A lawyer named Calvin C. Jackson was accused of [...]

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IRS holds refunds to recover parents’ Social Security

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Iowa, IRS, National, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

SOCIAL INSECURITY: Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, wants answers about withheld tax refunds.

On this April 15, and every other day, the IRS is seizing millions of dollars of alleged Social Security overpayments from children of dead beneficiaries.

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State cleans house at scandal-infested Beaumont ISD

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments


By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Mike Neil got fired Monday, but he’s taking it well.
“I’m ecstatic about not having a school board job anymore,” he said.
Neil is one of seven trustees of the scandal factory known as the Beaumont Independent School District, which will be getting a new superintendent and Board of Trustees on June 15, [...]

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