Auto dealers fighting to keep power on DMV board, Texas mired in unfunded pension debt, two more attempts to halt Austin soccer stadium

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Week in Review: 9.2.2018

Supreme Court lets Austin City Council's ballot language stand, state storm insurance group proposes rate hike, UT and UNT resist releasing details on soft drink deals.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, September 2, 2018

Auto dealers stand to lose some political heft in Texas next spring if lawmakers accept recommendations to reduce the industry’s presence on the board that affects everyone on the road, from setting trucking load rules to the nuances of vehicle registration and sales.

Chicago-based Truth in Accounting, in its ninth annual Financial State of the States report, said Texas taxpayers would shoulder a debt burden of $10,100 each if the state paid off all of its liabilities today.

IndyAUSTIN, a local political action committee headed by longtime activist Linda Curtis, has begun circulating petitions seeking a referendum that would give voters final approval power over a stadium agreement between the city and Precourt Sports Ventures, a company that wants to relocate the MLS’ Columbus Crew to Austin.

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