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Nanny State of the Week: Texas messes with winemaking

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Legislature, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of Flickr user Juan Pedraza

The legislature is considering requiring wines to use 100 percent home-grown grapes to use a “made in Texas” label.

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Paxton prosecutors mocked for threatening to quit

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The special prosecutors pursuing Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to withdraw if the upcoming trial is not postponed until they get paid.

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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 photo

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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Travis County sanctuary penalty could run into millions

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Immigration, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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Criminal justice grants totaling $1.3 million have already been pulled by the governor.

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