Texas water board soaks public at ‘high-dollar’ conference
Texas water board soaks public at ‘high-dollar’ conference
Kenric Ward | January 23, 2017
“Labeling a board meeting as a ‘conference’ does not exempt the meeting from the Texas Open Meeting Act,” Aleshire wrote in a warning letter to the Texas Water Development Board.
Size matters: Texas penalizes smaller school districts
Size matters: Texas penalizes smaller school districts
Kenric Ward | January 18, 2017
Texas last year slapped a $244.7 million penalty on districts that had fewer than 1,600 students and spanned less than 300 square miles. In all, 467 independent school districts were penalized because they failed to consolidate into larger systems.
Will A-F school ratings make the grade in Texas?
Will A-F school ratings make the grade in Texas?
Kenric Ward | January 17, 2017
A new “A-F” grading system that rates Texas’ public schools is getting mixed reviews from education activists, with one skeptic likening it to putting lipstick on a pig.
Texas lawmakers look to overhaul ridesharing regulations
Texas lawmakers look to overhaul ridesharing regulations
Taylor Millard | January 17, 2017
A pair of  state senators are pushing measures that would take the regulation of ridesharing companies out of the hands of Texas cities. One would hand the authority over to the state government. The other would effectively get the government out of the regulatory business. Transportation network companies (TNCs) vacated Austin in May 2016 after the failure […]
Testimony by UT contradicts story fed high court
Testimony by UT contradicts story fed high court
Jon Cassidy | January 17, 2017
Part 68 of 68 in the series Trouble in Texas AUSTIN – After oral arguments Jan. 11 before the Supreme Court of Texas on whether University of Texas Chancellor Bill McRaven may conceal investigatory records from UT Regent Wallace Hall, McRaven’s attorney threw up a Hail Mary in a letter to the court. Wallace Jefferson […]
Paxton prosecutors’ bill hits $575,000
Paxton prosecutors’ bill hits $575,000
Jon Cassidy | January 13, 2017
The court-appointed prosecutors in the Ken Paxton case have submitted new invoices that bring their compensation to date to $575,105.99. The new batch of invoices from Kent Schaffer, Brian Wice, and Nicole DeBorde covers the last year, with a total of $205,191.24 in new billing.
Arlington scores best financials among Texas cities
Arlington scores best financials among Texas cities
Kenric Ward | January 12, 2017
Unlike other big Texas cities that are swimming in debt, Arlington has cash on hand to cover its public pension liabilities. The self-proclaimed “American Dream City” ranks No. 7 nationally for its financial health, according to a report by the nonpartisan Truth in Accounting.
High court hears arguments on whether UT can bury investigation
High court hears arguments on whether UT can bury investigation
Jon Cassidy | January 11, 2017
There was no “you can’t handle the truth” moment, but there should have been, as UT’s case comes down to a similar premise: surely somebody gets to decide Hall can’t handle the truth.
Report: Out-of-state greens push Texas anti-fracking laws
Report: Out-of-state greens push Texas anti-fracking laws
Jon Cassidy | January 10, 2017
A group supported by four Texas energy producers is striking back at out-of-state environmentalist groups, arguing that the environmentalists have been hiding their extreme policy goals behind mild rhetoric.
Public pensions out of control in Texas’ biggest cities
Public pensions out of control in Texas’ biggest cities
Kenric Ward | January 10, 2017
Local control — the favored mantra of big-city politicians in Texas — isn’t working out so well with public-employee pensions. Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, carrying $22.6 billion in unfunded liability, rank among the 12 worst cities in the country.