Houston public employees working in shell company, Austin voting voucher program to use taxpayer money, Tarrant county deputy constables allegedly double dipping

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The Texas Monitor Week in Review 3/18/2018

This week on The Texas Monitor: Houston public employees working in shell company; Union claims SA officials violated open meetings law; Austin voting voucher program to use taxpayer money; Tarrant county deputy constables allegedly double dipping.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, March 18, 2018

The city of Houston created a shell company to pay Houston First employees, keeping the public from knowing how many people were on the payroll and from knowing how large the payroll was.

A San Antonio teacher’s union alleges San Antonio Independent School District officials violated the state’s open meetings law when they signed off on a charter school in a January meeting.

As it moves ahead with a taxpayer-funded $1.5 million local campaign donation program, Austin’s Charter Review Commission has scrapped a proposal to draw the money from Austin Energy customers and scheduled public hearings to sell its idea.

Four Tarrant County deputy constables were caught allegedly performing security duties for private clients while billing the public for their regular pay as they operated out of an office that was flagged for poor record keeping last year.

Also this week: 

Bailiff’s electrocution story refuted by trial record, judge

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