County appraiser blasts ‘corporate giveaways’
County appraiser blasts ‘corporate giveaways’
Kenric Ward | June 15, 2016|   33
As San Antonio homeowners protest their property valuations, local politicians shielded almost $1.5 billion in commercial real estate from the tax collector.
Houston ISD’s suspension of auditor raises red flags
Houston ISD’s suspension of auditor raises red flags
Jon Cassidy | June 13, 2016|   194
A complaint filed this week by the suspended chief audit executive of the Houston Independent School District raises red flags about the integrity of the school board, and in particular, Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.
Broken funding system in Texas an opportunity for school choice
Amelia Hamilton | June 10, 2016|   7
The funding formula for Texas public schools was recently considered by the state Supreme Court, which upheld the system while saying the state’s children “deserve transformational, top-to-bottom reforms that amount to more than Band-Aid on top of Band-Aid.” School choice may be that remedy, writes Wade Emmert, a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation. Texas has set school […]
Can Austin development ever improve?
Can Austin development ever improve?
Mark Lisheron | June 09, 2016|   3
Rodney Gonzales recently presented to a roomful of the chronically disillusioned a vision of development in Austin none of them had ever seen. Gonzales, director of the city’s  Development Services Department, told the Independent Electrical Contractors, Centex Chapter, there was new staff to take customer calls, offer development assistance and provide support. For the first time […]
San Antonio ramps up plan to railroad taxpayers
San Antonio ramps up plan to railroad taxpayers
Kenric Ward | June 09, 2016|   16
“San Antonio and Houston have the same size bread, but we have a quarter the amount of peanut butter,” said Jeffrey Arndt, president of San Antonio’s VIA transit system.
Light rail runs at heavy price in Dallas, Houston
Light rail runs at heavy price in Dallas, Houston
Kenric Ward | June 08, 2016|   140
Houston’s Metro rail is catching up to Dallas’ DART trains in ridership, but both systems remain heavily dependent on tax subsidies.
Non-profit RideAustin not yet ready to roll
Non-profit RideAustin not yet ready to roll
Mark Lisheron | June 08, 2016|   4
Less than a week from its proposed launch, organizers for a non-profit ridesharing company in Austin are still trying to hire an operations staff to run the company. The website for RideAustin lists a single employee, Joe Deshotel, a director of community engagement. For four years the communications director for the Travis County Democratic Party, […]
Did San Antonio council members reign in Spain?
Did San Antonio council members reign in Spain?
Kenric Ward | June 06, 2016|   6
An overseas trade mission by members of the San Antonio City Council is taking flack from critics who say it skirted Texas’ open-meeting law.
Trolley folly ends in downtown San Antonio
Trolley folly ends in downtown San Antonio
Kenric Ward | June 03, 2016|   33
The “E” trolley makes its last run Saturday night after 15 months of dismal ridership. Is public transportation in downtown San Antonio so irrelevant that people won’t even ride it for free? Or is it just another case of failed marketing by the city’s bus system?
Dallas fears tunnel project lawsuit
Dallas fears tunnel project lawsuit
Mark Lisheron | June 02, 2016|   9
The city of Dallas expects to be sued for its handling of the contract for a $209 million storm drainage tunnel project in East Dallas. City Auditor Craig Kinton said in a report to the City Council that the Trinity Watershed Management department failed on several fronts when it recommended Southland Mole, the company awarded the contract […]