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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State Rep. Ron Reynolds owes thousands in fines, PACs back House Republican "priorities" of Joe Straus

This week on The Texas Monitor: State Rep. Ron Reynolds owes tens of thousands in fines; top-spending PACs put their money on 20 Texas House Republicans listed as 'priorities' of Speaker Joe Straus; HCC Trustee Dave Wilson files a lawsuit against the college; the FBI charges Rudy Delgado with accepting bribes.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, February 11, 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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