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TPPF: Sneering at Workers and 'Blowing Up' Public Policy
At its annual conference, the Texas Public Policy Foundation sticks to its mantra of less government, fewer taxes
" federal stimulus plan can save the economy. Yet for guests and speakers at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's..."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lobbying for Little People
A Profile of Austin's Center for Public Policy Priorities
"...Lavine, Patrick Bresette, and the other lobbyists from the Center for Public Policy Priorities are not like the others...."

Feb. 2, 2001 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Point Austin: Blues for Clifford
Men are remembered not for what they had, but for what they gave
"...the blues, there aren't that many masters left." – Clifford Antone, 2001..."

May 26, 2006 News Column by Michael King

Consider 'The Source': Crisis Pregnancy Center Transforms Into Women's Health Program Provider
If Planned Parenthood's out, are CPCs in?
"...real trouble – but if one Houston-based crisis pregnancy center and Gov. Rick Perry have their way, providers will..."

Sept. 21, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Outlawing Death and Cockfighting, and Restoring Rights for Drug Offenders
Committees to hear raft of criminal justice bills today
"...Cockfighting, restoring public assistance for drug offenders, and all things death penalty...."

March 29, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Bucks for Bullets: Federal minimum-wage raise approved
When Congress passed Iraq war spending bill last Thursday, it approved a raise in federal minimum wage for first time in a decade
"...also approved a raise in the federal minimum wage for the first time in about a decade. (Democrats had..."

June 1, 2007 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Belt-Tightening Season for State Agencies
State leaders announce budget cuts
" the news. "We take a couple of steps forward and then we take couple of steps back." For..."

July 8, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Public Benefit Problems
Health and Human Services Commission pilot program for testing new system of enrolling Texans in public benefit programs reveals problems, concerns
"...program, launched Jan. 20 in Hays and Travis counties, for testing a new system of enrolling Texans for public..."

March 17, 2006 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded CPCs deliver few services
" Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy..."

July 20, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Public Notice: CodeNEXT Version 1.1?
"...early this week on the CodeNEXT front, with an "Afford­a­bility Code Talk" on Monday, followed by the release of..."

May 12, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

More Reasons to Shed Tears for TIERS
Health and Human Services' TIERS program still plagued by rising costs and poor quality
"...Rede­sign System software – which has been in development for nine years now and has seen multiple rollout delays..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Public Benefits Privatization Update
Center for Public Policy Priorities reviews in new report how state's privatization of public benefits is going so far
"...The Center for Public Policy Priorities has presented a rather clinical..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Public Notice: Grieve Globally, Act Locally
Texas' Legislative circus comes to town in just six short weeks
"...on Trump's America, it's perhaps too conveniently easy to forget that we have our own state government circus coming..."

Nov. 25, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Tax for Peace Not War
"...Dear Editor, Thanks for “Thoughts After Celebration” (July 8) [News] about the costs..."

Aug. 15, 2005 Postmarks

Jocks Itch for Cash
Hey Sports Fans, How 'Bout a New Stadium, Your Treat?
"...illustration by Doug Potter The Stars want the puck..."

Dec. 20, 1996 News Column by Robert Bryce

Public Notice: Angry Hornets
Happy ending to Grove saga leaves questions
"...– gigging the Friends of Austin Neighborhoods internet group for the fact that their City Council Voting Record summary..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Volunteers for Texas?
"...Official state budget estimates project a $5 billion shortfall for the next biennium -- although with sales tax revenues..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Michael King

New Coalition to Push for Women's Health
A group of heavy-hitters steps up to the plate
"...a new player in town ready with a cure for the state's family-planning woes: Fully fund family planning and..."

Feb. 1, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Coalition to Advocate for Increased Family Planning Funding
Full funding will increase state savings
"...and preventive care, says Dr. Janet Realini of the newly-formed Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, and Texas will save millions...."

Jan. 25, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry Calls for CPS Probe
The governor orders another investigation of human-services agency
" turn asked HHSC inspector general Brian Flood to form a team of investigators to review CPS, and Flood..."

July 9, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Tools for Lege Watching
Considering Texas' future – a few things to keep in mind
"...never to reach the floor. Texas has never lacked for enough laws, but in matters of civil and human..."

Dec. 14, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Public Notice: Show and Tell
Civic leaders have big plans for your future
"...– sort of separately-but-jointly – their long-range mobility plans for the city. Both are clearly labeled as draft vision..."

Oct. 5, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

What Would $720 Million for Transportation Buy?
City Council mulls the "Go Big" bond in preparation for the November ballot
"...The centerpieces of the proposed Nov. 8 transportation bond – dubbed..."

Aug. 5, 2016 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Density vs. Affordability
It is categorically impossible for market forces to build housing in the central city that is affordable by any definition of that word
", but, as I predicted last week, the sharpest policy divide was highlighted in the relatively obscure issue known..."

Feb. 19, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Is That a Wrap for Incentives?
Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky
"...TV producers, and game developers in Texas are scratching for funding. So how tough is it going to be..."

Jan. 28, 2011 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Green Light for CAMPO 2035 Plan
Long-range plan includes SH 45 Southwest project
"...Area Metro­politan Planning Organization, raises questions about agency leadership for its new long-range vision and direction. On Mon­day, the..."

May 28, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Carstarphen Report Card: B for Bland
AISD head receives lukewarm review
"...result was thin gruel, with the blandest of blandishments for the district's CEO, but no overt criticism. Carstarphen's yearly..."

Dec. 20, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Capitol Chronicle
Everyone in Texas wants better schools, but no one wants to pay the tab.
"...week during the appearance of Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff before the Lege's Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance...."

April 12, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Barely Adequate
The State Board of Education and legislative finance committees consider the public schools
"...of Education gave preliminary approval to its new ethics policy, which would forbid board members from accepting lobbyists' "gifts"..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
"...In mid-December, before a friendly crowd at the Source for Women, a..."

Jan. 18, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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