Week in Review: 01.12.2020

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Week in Review: 01.12.2020

McAllen lost $850,000 on event; Dallas built studio that sits unused; San Antonio uses loophole to annex 2,000 acres; State sued for rejecting voter signatures.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, January 12, 2020

McAllen has to air its expensive laundry, thanks to new state law – No longer protected by a state disclosure law loophole, the City of McAllen revealed this week that it spent $485,000 in taxpayer money to hire Enrique Iglesias to perform for its winter holiday festival and parade in 2015.

No cameras, nothing rolling in $5 million-plus studio in Dallas’ Fair Park – In 2016 the Dallas City Council approved construction of an 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art audio and video studio in Fair Park. Four years later, the space is a renovated but still empty shell and the entire $5.1 million budgeted for the project has been spent plus an overrun of about $500,000.

Bexar County Emergency Services District fighting San Antonio annexation – Bexar County Emergency Services District 5 officials say a planned 2,200-acre annexation by the City of San Antonio could hinder their ability to provide fire and emergency medical services, KSAT reported.

Democratic groups sue Texas over rejected voter applications – The Texas Democratic Party and the Democratic campaign arms of both the U.S. House and Senate allege that Texas violated federal and state voting laws, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

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