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Texas money

Transparency bill leaves economic development spending in the shadows

Texas lawmakers were patting themselves on the back recently for passing a bill, SB 943, embracing governmental transparency. So were a group of advocates for...
pickles

For once, the legislature isn’t like watching sausage getting made —...

The state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that grew from a challenge to the state’s definition of a pickle. The challenge...
water meter

Settlement reached on Austin’s made-up meter readings

The City of Austin has accepted $100,000 to settle a lawsuit against a meter-reading contractor whose rogue employees spiked the water bills of thousands...
Texas Senate

Texas Senate on track to close Boeing-sized public-information loophole

The state Senate this week is expected to give final approval to a bill that will roll back a Texas Supreme Court decision that...
money

VisitDallas CEO’s severance package may come with a catch

Phillip Jones, the former CEO of VisitDallas, received a $600,000 severance package when he stepped down last week with almost four years and up...
red light

Both houses of Texas Legislature ban red light cameras

The state Senate voted 23-8 this afternoon to ban red light traffic cameras in Texas. The Senate followed the lead of the House, which voted...
Austin

Agriculture department likely to lose gas regulation authority

The Texas House on Wednesday all but guaranteed the state will take away the regulation of gas pumps and gas quality from the Department...
auditor

State auditor’s office sitting on big budget surplus

Regardless of what the legislature appropriates for the Texas State Auditor’s Office to operate for the next two years, the state’s chief watchdog agency...
The Woodlands

Need to pass a tax measure so you can develop land?...

They’ve run out of rent-a-voters in the Houston suburbs. Developers for years now have been using the technique: Move in a few voters to an...