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Does Harry Potter Cause Sexual Violence? Only in Texas.
Defending a new nudity tax, the AG says topless bars cause sexual violence
"...the new "titty tax" – a $5-per-customer surcharge on sexually oriented businesses. District 53 Judge Scott Jenkins rejected the..."

Dec. 28, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Cup Doth Not Floweth Over
Why the sexually oriented business surcharge won't pay for real sexual abuse survivor programs, and never could
"...basic problem with the $5 per head surcharge on sexually oriented businesses: It's an unconstitutional tax on content...."

March 9, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Fudging Facts on the Titty Tax
Rep. Ellen Cohen repeats inaccurate statement in laying out revised sexually oriented business tax
"...that the old bill split the cash between the sexual assault program fund and indigent health care: "It is..."

April 1, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Staying Abreast of Tax Debate
'Titty tax' law hangs in the balance
"...1751, levying a $5 surcharge per customer entering a sexually oriented business where alcohol is served. The bill passed..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bill of the Week
Rep. Dutton proposes to cut taxes for sexually-oriented business
"...taxing the one thing they hate more than adequately funding state services, and that's sin. Funny thing is, this..."

April 17, 2015 News Column by Richard Whittaker

Topless Tax Terminated
'Titty tax' stripped from topless joints
"...tax" – a $5 surcharge for everyone attending a sexually oriented business in Texas – has been declared unconstitutional..."

April 4, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Original Titty-Tax Bill Loses Bounce
A rival bill emerges to tax sexually oriented businesses
"...would scrap the current $5 per customer surcharge on sexually oriented businesses and impose a 10% tax on admissions..."

April 3, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Cost of Clearing the Rape Kit Backlog
APD agrees to fund SAFE kit testing through pre-existing funds
"...Police Department further committed to clearing its backlog of sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) kits, telling City Council during..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Council Recap: Too Little Affordable Housing, or Too Much?
Two Southeast projects divide dais; APD’s state grants OK’d
"...Department in relatively short order that will provide additional funding for victims services, the mental health first responders program,..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Crisis at the Rape Crisis Center
Has Idealism Become the Victim of Financial Reality?
"...Center (ARCC). He was rewriting a grant request for funding that the agency had recently lost, when Ginger Eways,..."

Dec. 20, 1996 News Feature by Kayte VanScoy

Postmarks
Contradictions Exposed
"...to survive. Much has been said about money and fundraising, but if you don't have money, you can't offer..."

Jan. 10, 1997 Column

Lege Lines: Don’t Blame the Death Worm
The Texas House wants to kill off "film incentives"
"...no reason to kill a business incentive and art funding program that provably works...."

April 14, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded CPCs deliver few services
"...Since its implementation in 2006, the Alternatives to Abortion program has included maternity homes and adoption centers, but the..."

July 20, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Austin's Great Hills Baptist Church, with the July 25 sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy police say Carver lured..."

Aug. 11, 2006 News Feature

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from around Austin and beyond.
"...our American president, George W. Bush, speaking at a fundraiser for Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour (after sending his..."

Sept. 19, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Musicians on How Best to Employ City Funds Earmarked for the Local Scene
$3 million in HOT funds are coming. Now what?
"...release music, pay for studio time and rehearsal spaces, fund and produce their own music videos, etc. Not a..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Music Feature

Return of the Titty Tax
New 'nudity' tax could include not just strip clubs but cabarets, bars, fashion shows, and even mainstream theatres
"...think it means no clothes, think again. Now define "sexually oriented business." If you're thinking adult store or topless..."

Dec. 7, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Questions of Church-State Separation at Dell Seton Medical Center
Do the hospital’s ties to the Catholic church and limits on women’s reproductive health care compromise Dell Med students' training?
"...by five cents per $100 property valuation to partially fund the Dell School, at $35 million a year. The..."

Jan. 20, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Naked City
"...they have arrested and charged four men with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery following an incident last month..."

Aug. 6, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

New Laws From the Lege Set to Go Into Effect
Get to know Texas’ new rules
"...Easier Reporting of Campus Sexual Assault (SB 968) In the wake of the Baylor..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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Park and Ride
"...advances the ball. Taxpayers often shoulder the burden for programs that don't directly benefit them. Take for example, senior..."

Oct. 31, 1997 Column

Millions for Propaganda ... Nothing for Women's Health
Texas heavily underwrites anti-abortion centers, while slashing reproductive care
"...LifeCare; in fact, under the terms of their state funding as well as their stated mission, the center cannot..."

April 17, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Notes: Taser talk and more
Stories from under the pink granite dome
"...•HB 1934 directs TCLEOSE to develop a statewide Taser-training program for police...."

March 2, 2007 News Column

East Austin Nonprofit Mired in Controversy CEACO Sinking
"...Community Organization. At the present time our basic needs program is out of funds. Please call back in January..."

March 5, 1999 News Feature by Kayte VanScoy

Rep. Donna Howard on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Let’s target some new money toward childhood literacy, toward high school success, toward teacher quality – the kind of things that research shows make a difference”
"...and of the Article III subcommittee that oversees education funding, Howard also serves as vice chair of Calendars. –..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Capitol Briefs
"...were at the Capitol last week to request more funding to prevent heart attacks and strokes, which are the..."

March 2, 2007 News Feature

Council Gets Surprised by APD's New State Grants
Refund the police?
"...that would inject just under $1.8 million of state funding into the department's budget. Some of the grants would..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
"...What we have now is not adequate to totally fund our current budget. Typically, the Texas economy does well..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

Rerun at the D.A. Corral
Republican Shane Phelps challenges Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for a second time, and seems to be trailing.
"...created DNA review board is reviewing 400 murder and sexual assault convictions. The process has already determined that two..."

Oct. 6, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

More Help for Survivors During COVID Crisis
Council approves $800,000 in RISE funding to Survive2Thrive
"...Survive2Thrive Foundation was awarded almost $1 million in city funding last week. At its May 21 meeting, City Council..."

May 29, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

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