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Could millions in Austin red light camera fines be nullified?

By   /  August 31, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“So, what it would boil down to is that every single ticket Austin has ever issued has been illegal,” Schirmbeck contends.

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Momentum swings to pro-park side of Dallas council

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Dallas City Council members who want to make a big public park the centerpiece of any Fair Park privatization plan seized political momentum Monday afternoon during a council briefing.

It’s clear now that Mayor Mike Rawlings doesn’t have the votes to ram through a version of the plan that would commit the city of Dallas to $600 million-plus in repairs, salaries, and fees, while leaving the actual park contingent on the success of some future fundraising drive.

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‘Complete Street’ prioritizes pedestrians over cars — at unknown cost

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A $49,880 study calls for constricted car lanes, wider sidewalks and a dedicated bike path as part of a “Complete Streets” makeover of one of San Antonio’s major thoroughfares. How much it all might cost is anyone’s guess.

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Red ink rising: City banks on record debt

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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San Antonio officials are promoting a record $850 million bond issue as “transformative investment” driven by popular demand. In reality, it’s a backward-engineered wish list that piles up more debt and could trigger a legal challenge.

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Craft brewers own distribution rights, judge says

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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A district court ruling potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars to craft brewers is going to make it tougher for the Texas Legislature to pass regulatory laws without sufficient cause.

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Pols reluctant to turn off newspapers’ public notices spigot

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Advertising public notices in newspapers, Moskow said, is a complete waste of taxpayer money. But the scam lives on because it is mutually beneficial to the papers that desperately need advertising revenue and politicians who don’t want to antagonize the people who cover them, he said.

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