Illegal SNAP: Food stamp formula biased in favor of immigrants?
Illegal SNAP: Food stamp formula biased in favor of immigrants?
Kenric Ward | July 14, 2016|   46
Texas issues food stamps to households with illegal immigrants, but the state cannot say how much or how many. Nationally, a new report charges that families housing illegals get preferential treatment.
Red light cameras, kicking and screaming
Red light cameras, kicking and screaming
Mark Lisheron | July 13, 2016|   451
Red light cameras are in trouble in Texas, but don’t expect cities hooked on the revenue they generate to give up without a fight. A district judge in Richardson last week awarded more than $27,000 in attorney’s fees and a summary judgment to a Keller man who argued the ticket he received in 2012 and […]
Housing prices rise as city plays the ‘market’
Housing prices rise as city plays the ‘market’
Kenric Ward | July 11, 2016|   21
Free-market advocates say San Antonio’s “market rent” program is boosting consumer costs and amounts to a “subsidy for the rich.”
Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton
Eric Boehm | July 08, 2016|   32
The FBI says Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information.
Texas budget dance begins
Texas budget dance begins
Mark Lisheron | July 07, 2016|   4
It’s that time of year again. Welcome to the Texas Budget Two-Step. The first step is The Letter. On June 30, the state’s Republican leadership — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus — wrote to every agency in state government, asking them to find cuts of 4 percent in their budget […]
Lights, cameras, incentives? Texas cities push for movie subsidies
Lights, cameras, incentives? Texas cities push for movie subsidies
Mark Lisheron | July 06, 2016|   24
The “facts” of film incentives and their benefit have been a matter of argument for several years. While Campbell’s shorthand suggests a city like Austin getting $5 in economic benefits for every single tax dollar ponied up, nonpartisan research groups like the Pew Charitable Trusts contend that film incentives are no better for taxpayers and their local economies than sports stadiums.
Criminal immigrants dodge deportation orders as Senate considers sanctuary cities measure
Criminal immigrants dodge deportation orders as Senate considers sanctuary cities measure
Kenric Ward | July 06, 2016|   86
Illegal immigrants in Texas were convicted of 155,000 criminal offenses — including homicide and sexual assault — during the past five years, records show.
Transit tax shift could spark lawsuit
Transit tax shift could spark lawsuit
Kenric Ward | June 30, 2016|   12
San Antonio is using an “advanced transportation” tax to pave costly sidewalks and bike paths. The diversion from roads invites a lawsuit, a taxpayer coalition says.
Fort Worth leaves no fingerprints on Uber, Lyft
Fort Worth leaves no fingerprints on Uber, Lyft
Mark Lisheron | June 29, 2016|   52
“Unlike other cities that have gotten so hung up in the hot potato politics of this, Fort Worth is going to do it the right way,” Mayor Betsy Price told the audience at the council meeting Tuesday night.
Biomess: Lawyers looking at Austin’s $54 million biofuel deal
Biomess: Lawyers looking at Austin’s $54 million biofuel deal
Mark Lisheron | June 29, 2016|   17
“I don’t think we would be doing our job if we didn’t try everything we could to undo a crooked contract,” he said. “This is why sensible people have come to hate big government.”