Week in Review: 09.08.2019

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Week in Review: 09.08.2019

Another arrest in south Texas voter fraud; Study shows small towns rely on tickets; Galveston misses costly deadline; Charter schools lack oversight.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, September 8, 2019

City secretary’s arrest is latest in Edinburg vote fraud investigation – The arrest this week of Edinburg’s city secretary brings to more than 30 the number of people charged in an alleged voter fraud scheme involving the South Texas city’s 2017 city elections.

In small-town Texas, speeding drivers keep the lights on at city hall – Texas towns rely more heavily on fines as an income source than their counterparts in most other states. In some towns, such levies — including forfeitures and traffic tickets — account for over half of the budget.

Galveston County officials quarrel over IRS fine – Galveston County may owe a $76,550 fine to the IRS, and county officials are arguing over who bears the blame, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Charter schools fly below the radar on spending and transparency rules – It’s a treat to fly at the front of the plane, where seats are bigger and fares are roughly double the cost of a coach seat. But for the state’s most prolific charter school operator, first-class air travel is allowed. In addition, the company will pay for the travel of employee spouses, family members and “companions” of executives as well.

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