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Texas courthouses named to preservationists’ ‘most endangered’ list, $247 million spent to date on courthouse program
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013, 12:55PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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The historic courthouses of Texas, without which the lemonade, chewing tobacco and dominoes industries would have long ago collapsed, are themselves collapsing. Again.

Taxpayers have since 1999 spent $247 million to keep the domes, cupolas and turrets atop 83 of the old warhorses, but that isn’t near enough, according to a report by KXAN-TV in Austin.

After 14 years of restoration, the state’s county courthouses have found themselves back on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

To help blot out the shame, the Texas Historical Commission is asking the Legislature for another $20 million in this session. But with at least 75 of the more than 235 courthouses 50 years or older in need of work, expect the requests to go on in perpetuity.

Stung by the first National Trust reproach, Gov. George W. Bush and the Legislature in 1999 ponied up $50 million to establish the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The grant reached a high of $62 million in the 2007 session but has dipped to $20 million for each of the past two biennia.

Should the funding not be forthcoming, counties might want to consider setting up committees for issuing bonds without voter approval as was done to prompt quick action to build a new $343 million courthouse in Travis County.

And if that doesn’t work out, there’s always room for folding dominoes tables in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

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In these tough budget times, Austin ISD adds $100K-earning administrators
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013, 11:11AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Before adding the $5.4 billion Democratic state Rep. Lon Burnam says was cruelly torn from the public education budget in the last session, the Legislature, among their many questions, might ask how much of that tax money will be used to pad the salaries of administrators.

While education advocates and some politicians, including Burnam, D-Fort Worth, waited for the sky to fall on Texas schoolchildren, the number of administrators making more than $100,000 increased by 63 percent in the Austin Independent School District, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

As Texas Watchdog reported last year, a remarkable number of school administrators managed to keep their jobs, while school districts in the wake of budget cuts eliminated thousands of vacant teaching positions.

Even as the last Legislature went into its session knowing it would have to cut the overall public education budget by several billion dollars, KXAN-TV in Austin reported on the comfortable salary and benefits packages for school superintendents in the Austin area.

This year, 70 of the 11,973 employees for AISD make annual salaries of more than $100,000, up from 56 just a year ago and from 43 at the end of the school year in 2008.

The operations budget during the same five years has dropped 16 percent, the district shed more than 1,100 education positions and overall district employment was flat, the paper reports.

The big-ticket earners are the 12 members of what the Statesman calls the “senior cabinet” of advisors to the sometimes secretive Superintendent Meria Carstarphen. How positively medieval of us to think that only U.S. presidents have cabinets.

The rest of those in the $100,000-plus club are executive directors and directors, and high and middle school principals. Always good to know public schools still have principals.

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Ethics bill would require disclosure of lawmakers’ contracts with state of Texas
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013, 12:53PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
see-through raincoat

Look out, Linda Harper-Brown. If lawmakers aren’t careful people are going to start calling this the See-Through Legislature.

Blissfully aware of the animus they are supposed to have for one another’s politics, hardline conservative Rep. Giovanni Capriglione and hardline liberal Rep. Mary González are staging a veritable lovefest with a bill that would require all legislators to disclose if they or their family members do business with state or local government.

House Bill 524 would require lawmakers, many of whom are also lawyers, to waive any attorney-client privilege should they choose to represent a company doing business with a state agency, a public university or a water district, the Texas Tribune reports.

The bill comes less than a year after the Ethics Commission fined Harper-Brown, R-Irving, $2,000 for failing to reveal that a brand new Mercedes Benz she had been driving was a barter payment to her husband for accounting work he did for a company with state transportation contracts.

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Harper-Brown sat on the House Transportation Committee at the time a complaint was filed against her with the Ethics Commission.

Capriglione, in his second week on the job, is daring his colleagues to ignore their bill.  “I want to see who doesn’t vote for this,” he tells the Tribune. “It gets to the crux of the distrust between the public and elected officials: Where there’s a lack of transparency, they assume the worst.”

The Southlake Republican has a little familiarity with the topic, having beaten former Rep. Vicki Truitt, another disclosure-challenged representative of the people, in the Republican primary in District 98 this past May.

Giving Capriglione a big rhetorical bearhug, the Democrat from Clint replied, “Transparency and ethics are bipartisan issues.”

Taking this sentiment to heart, state Sen. Wendy Davis on Tuesday filed Senate Bill 178, a companion bill with much the same disclosure language as HB 524.

Davis, D-Fort Worth, was able to research her bill firsthand as a partner of Brian Newby, former chief of staff for Gov. Rick Perry. Newby Davis promotes on its website expertise representing every manner of government entity including the state’s public schools and a facility for assisting on bond financing.

Accused by her Republican opponent for state Senate, Mark Shelton, of criminal conflicts of interest, Davis this past fall insisted her practice did not interfere with her role as a representative. She declined, however, to identify her clients, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to do so would violate attorney-client privilege.

At the time she was denying any conflict of interest, Davis decided to remain mum on Shelton’s contention that Newby Davis was being paid handsomely to represent the North Texas Tollway Authority at the same time Davis was voting to support SB469 assisting the authority in collecting unpaid tolls.

Davis told Texas Tribune yesterday afternoon she would be amending SB 178 just in case it wasn’t clear enough to everyone the disclosure requirement would include her.

Capitol visitors this session, don’t worry. Should the emperors speaking on the floor of the House or Senate be wearing no clothes, assume they have filed another transparency bill.

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Texas Supreme Court weighs emotional value of pets, Avery the dog was euthanized by mistake
Friday, Jan 11, 2013, 11:23AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Those of you wearing your Averystrong wristbands, your dog is having its day. Before the Texas Supreme Court.

Justices Thursday began considering whether Avery’s unexpected and untimely demise in 2009, as we told you about in September, is reason enough to allow pet owners to seek damages in court based on emotional attachment.

From their queries, according to a story by Associated Press today, the high court judges weren’t much persuaded by the emotional value argument. Justice Don Willett asked, rhetorically of course, what emotional value might be assigned to a stuffed dog. Justice Jeffrey Boyd wondered if the law should also apply to pet cats, fish and fowl.

The 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth last  fall was less skeptical, deciding in favor of Avery’s owners, Kathryn and Jeremy Medlen, and overturning a Tarrant County civil district court that had originally dismissed the case.

The Medlens brought suit after their 8-year-old Labrador mix ran away and ended up in a Fort Worth animal shelter. The Medlens tracked down Avery but didn’t have the $80 to secure the dog’s release.

In spite of having put a tag on Avery’s cage holding her for the Medlens, when Jeremy returned with the cash the dog had been euthanized.

Texas law allows courts to award damages based on the emotional or sentimental value of property, but not live property like pets. Attorneys defending the animal shelter employee argue changing the law would cause jury damage awards and veterinary and animal handling insurance to skyrocket.

But the Medlens didn’t go to court for the money, Randall Turner, their attorney, told Associated Press. They want to change state law, Turner said, to insure that Avery didn’t die in vain.

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Texans received $6 billion in food stamp benefits last year, 4 million on program
Friday, Jan 11, 2013, 10:53AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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More than 4 million Texans - the greatest number of any state in the country - spent $6 billion last year through the federal food stamp program.

In an average month in 2012, 46.6 million Americans used food stamps at a cost for the year of $74.6 billion, according to new data released Thursday on the statehealthfacts.org website.

The website is run by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a Menlo Park, Calif., nonprofit specializing in national and international health care policy.

Texas ranked second among the states in the amount spent on food stamp purchases, the abuse of which Texas Watchdog has helped uncover. California spent the most, $7.1 billion.

You can find the entire ranking of food stamp spending here.

California ranked just behind Texas in the number of people - 3.96 million people on average, who took advantage of the program last year. Florida served 3.4 million people; New York, 3.1 million; Georgia, 1.9 million; Illinois, 1.87 million; Michigan, 1.83 million; Ohio, 1.81 million; Pennsylvania, 1.8 million and North Carolina, 1.7 million.

You can find all the states’ monthly food stamp participation figures here.

And while Texas ranked first in the number of people enrolled, its average of one in six people enrolled in food stamps was comparable to all but California among the 10 biggest food stamp states.

California, with one in nine people enrolled, had a lower participation rate than all but two of the states with the lowest total enrollments. Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming had fewer than 100,000 food stamp recipients. At an average of 34,347 people, Wyoming had one person using food stamps for every 16 residents in the state. (Explore the map below in a larger view.)

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Texas was also among the top 10 states in the percentage of its population, 23 percent, below the federally set poverty level in 2011, according to new statehealthfacts.org data here.

The national average is 20 percent below an annual income of $11,170 for an individual and $23,050 for a household of four people. New Mexico and Louisiana had the highest levels of poverty, 27 percent; Mississippi and the District of Columbia, 25 percent; California, Hawaii and South Carolina at 24 percent; and Arizona, Georgia and Texas at 23 percent.

New Hampshire had the lowest rate of poverty in the country at 10 percent, followed by Minnesota at 13 percent and Connecticut, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming at 14 percent.

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Double dipping by elected officials targeted by Texas state Rep. Chris Turner
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013, 09:52AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Opening week of a new session of the Texas Legislature, vacant as it is of much substance, is the perfect time to send up flares for bills lawmakers hope won’t be talked about come May.

Take House Bill 413, a rather short and direct piece of lawmaking that would prohibit elected officials eligible for a state pension to collect it while drawing a state salary.

Those officials would not include Gov. Rick Perry and several others whose identities and pensions are kept confidential by a law passed by the legislative bodies to which they belong.

Late in 2011, at the time he was required by federal law to declare he was collecting a pension of more than $90,000 in addition to his $150,000 a year governor’s salary, Perry told the Texas Tribune,  “I think you would be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.”

Having been stung by the governor’s disclosure, state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, filed a corrective in HB 413, the Tribune reports today.  The bill, however, is carefully written so as not to cut off the governor or any of the anonymous elected officials currently - how shall we put this - double dipping.

“I just couldn’t believe it, and I think most Texans can’t believe elected officials can collect a salary, retire and still stay on the job and collect a pension all at the same time,” Turner told the Tribune.

Given current law, the public will never know how many elected officials might be stopped by HB 413, assuming the Legislature has the will to deny itself the pensions a past Legislature once determined it had so justly earned.

Such an unusual display of courage might serve as an example to Congress where a dozen or so Texas representatives are drawing federal pensions on top of their salaries.

Or the more than 6,200 state employees who draw salaries and pensions, 189 of them, including Perry, do so while earning annual salaries of $100,000 or more.

Not to mention the nearly 200 employees of the Fort Worth Independent School District and who knows how many other employees in how many other school districts across Texas.

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Booming revenues have officials in Texas pondering pay raises, boosts to programs
Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013, 10:53AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Like the guy who finds a crumpled $20 bill on the floor on his way out of the tavern and heads right back to his favorite bar stool, Texas governments are all of a sudden flush.

Booming oil and gas industries have produced enough tax revenue to give the Legislature an estimated $8.8 billion more than they had to play with the last time they met in 2011.

(Please see the detailed revenue estimated for the 2014-15 biennium prepared by the Texas Comptroller here.)

And would you believe in Dallas County, commissioners found enough property value increases and spending cuts under the cushions to scrape together as much as $17 million to toss into the 2014 fiscal pickle jar?

To our deliberative heroes in Austin, according to the New York Times today, the surplus is very nearly as vexatious as an estimated $27 billion shortfall was coming into the last session.

For the titanium umbrella crowd who in 2011 predicted the Texas sky would unravel and drop, the surplus is an opportunity to atone for moral failures in public education, indigent health care, prisons and road infrastructure.

To those who see Tea Party freshmen taking their seats in an already conservative House there is, more than ever, pressure to appear in every spending measure austere.

Dallas County commissioners, too, are singing the ballad of fiscal surplus woe. Mike Cantrell, the only Republican on the court, reminded fellow commissioners how easy it is to spend a surplus, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“I’m hoping we move slowly,” Cantrell said.

But what of all the deprivation endured by Dallas County government since the economy began its atrophy in 2008? County Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat, suggested the county use its surplus to make up for lost time, giving raises to all department heads

There are, Jenkins said, “some real opportunities to improve the quality of life” in Dallas County, meaning, apparently, the lives of those running county departments.

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, explained the current and perpetual dilemma to the Times this way:

“I think there’s going to be a group of people who think we’ve got the money, we need to spend it. I think there’s going to be a group of people who think we need to cut our budget more. The session could be very difficult because of those two groups of people pushing us.”

Check back with us in about 139 days. Having never in 33 years written a story about government returning a surplus to the taxpayers, we think we know which group of people will come out on top.

In the meantime, we plan to have a drink on the guy at the bar with the wrinkled twenty.

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Texas schools want local control, state cash -- $1 billion in supplemental funding as Legislature convenes
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013, 11:20AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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Texas Watchdog last week celebrated with prolonged reverie one of the Internet’s several birthdays. I’m sure you remember the 30th, the day Network Control Protocol gave way to Transmission Control and Internet Protocols that changed everything.

What those protocols eventually gave us was the ability to gather news, not just from our mossback hometown newspaper, but from everywhere.

Take today, for example, the day the Texas Legislature convenes for its 83rd biennial time. On this day Texas teachers, administrators and school board members want the Legislature to know how they bridle for control of their school districts.

They struggle with their budgets and staffing, the imposition of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing, tailoring their curricula and setting their school calendars. As the Dallas Morning News headline reads today, “Texas School Districts Want State Off Their Backs.”

“We see this every session when we go through our biennial legislative agenda. Every time, it’s about local control,” Dax Gonzalez, with the Texas Association of School Boards, tells the Morning News.

Oh, and while you are liberating us, could you spare an extra $1 billion?

Without that infusion of state tax money, Shirley Beaulieu, chief financial officer at the Texas Education Agency, testified in an ongoing public school funding lawsuit, school districts won’t be able to pay their bills come summer, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Rick Gray, a lawyer for many of the more than 600 school districts that have since joined the lawsuit, reminded everyone just how far local control extends on school matters.

"This just magnifies the need for the Legislature to seriously get in and solve the problem once and for all," Gray says. "We're playing the robbing Peter to pay Paul year in and year out."

For his part, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the new chairman of the Senate Education Committee, tells the Morning News he fully intends to work on the issue of local control. From Austin.

“I’m willing to bend over backwards to help school districts be flexible and successful,” Patrick tells the Morning News. “But they have to be willing to be flexible as well.”

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Texas state legislature a minefield of potential conflicts of interest
Monday, Jan 07, 2013, 06:13PM CST
By Lee Ann O'Neal
Texas state Capitol

From House Speaker Joe Straus’ horse racing investments to Rep. Carol Alvarado’s work consulting to governments, Hearst Newspapers does a solid job explaining the myriad potential conflicts of interest for state lawmakers.

We’ve looked at some of those conflicts in detail here at Texas Watchdog. Take Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston, whose company manages an economic development district in Houston. Like other management districts, Westchase District was created by the Legislature. and can be altered and regulated by laws created in Austin.

Murphy does the work via the company to avoid running afoul of an attorney general’s decision that managing it directly while serving in the House would be a conflict of interest.

The story also highlights Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, and Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who both have served in powerful legislative positions overseeing the state’s insurer of last resort, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. Eiland earned six-figure legal fees from a multimillion-dollar Hurricane Ike settlement between homeowners and the insurer. Taylor is an insurance agent whose bread gets buttered by selling policies including those issued by TWIA.

The story explains that for all the potential conflicts that are plain to see, there are many more that may be lurking behind broad disclosure rules and loopholes in reporting requirements. Listings like “consultant” on ethics forms and lawyers who can keep their clients confidential keep those disclosures opaque.

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Bid for secrecy? Travis County hospital district sets up nonprofit
Monday, Jan 07, 2013, 11:38AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
hand

Having endured those galling laws requiring tax increases be voted on in public, the Travis County hospital district would like to get down to the business of spending your $54 million without your help, thank you.

The district might have preferred not to tell you how they plan to do it had the Austin American-Statesman not made its usual, irksome inquiries.

You see, rather than distribute your property tax increase and as much as $76 million more in matching federal tax money a year through its own board, subject to the nettlesome state Open Meetings Act, the district established a nonprofit Central Health Collaborative, the Statesman is reporting.

Such a nonprofit is not subject to the Open Meetings Act because it isn’t a government body, according to Beth Devery, who offered her opinion as an attorney for the taxpayer-supported government body known as Travis County.

Devery is also the lawyer for the Central Health Collaborative.

Travis County taxpayers might not have gotten mixed up in all this secret medical business had county voters in November not handily passed Proposition 1.

Ostensibly a referendum on establishing a new medical school for the University of Texas in Austin, voters also were agreeing to nearly triple for the average homeowner taxes to support health care for the indigent in 2014.

That tax increase makes Travis County eligible for as much as $76 million a year in more-than-matching federal funds.

This funding is a small tributary to a roiling pool of medical and medical school funding with sources that had to be wrenched out of the University of Texas System by open records requests this past summer.

Creating and running the medical school is estimated to cost $4.1 billion in the first 12 years. The university system expected $420 million of that total to come from Central Health Collaborative.

The Collaborative is supposed to assist Seton Healthcare Family, the local hospital group pledging $1.9 billion over 12 years for the medical school, in finding a location for a new teaching hospital. And later, enter into a contract for health care services through the medical school.

Just how the Collaborative will spend your money might or might not be a matter of public record. The Collaborative hasn’t yet decided whether to hold its meetings in public or in secret, Christie Garbe, vice president of planning and communications, told the Statesman.

The hospital district board spent almost half of its meeting time last year in secret, the paper reports.

Joseph Larsen, a Houston lawyer and Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board member, told the Statesman the nonprofit would be better off operating more publicly.

Buck Wood, an Austin lawyer who worked on the the current open meetings laws when they were drafted in the 1970s, said had he known the Collaborative’s meetings would be secret he would not have voted for Proposition 1.

“We are basically contracting away the right to information that the public ought to have,” Wood told the paper. “If you’re spending that kind of money, we want to know everything about it.”

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Droppin' F bombs, Beto O'Rourke style It's not often that a politician decides to start cursing repeatedly during speeches and interviews. But that hasn't stopped...
Update:1 year 10 months
Rick Perry vs The World
APRIL 5, 2017 / Weeding out the audience at the Alley is . . . . . . a feature, not a bug. Houston's Alley Theatre is running "An Act of God," a loosely dramatized collection of irreverent one-liners...
Update:1 year 10 months
Unca Darrell
Statewide primary rumors It's that stage of the election cycle where politicians are trying to figure out if they should run for something else or stay put. ...
Update:1 year 10 months
Rick Perry vs The World
Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Is Ted Cruz vulnerable? Not really. Sure, he's not liked, Texans think Ted puts Ted first, his approval rating is upside down, etc...
Update:1 year 10 months
Rick Perry vs The World
MARCH 16, 2017 / Jim Webb on what it means to be a redneck, and . . . . . . why redneck culture matters. In 2004 Jim Webb wrote Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. Though the 2016 presidential...
Update:1 year 10 months
Unca Darrell
MARCH 3, 2017 -- Goodbye, and thanks, to Thomas Sowell THOMAS SOWELL, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and one of America's most important public intellectuals, retired from...
Update:1 year 11 months
Unca Darrell
March 2, 2017 / The poem our teachers got wrong TWO ROADS diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Generations of commencement...
Update:1 year 11 months
Unca Darrell
FEBRUARY 27 / Eric Hoffer on . . . . . . baby boomers and alienated intellectuals. "SCRATCH AN INTELLECTUAL, and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the...
Update:1 year 11 months
Unca Darrell
2017 Project: January “Progress” There are two different ways to interpret my 2017 project: that it's a way more complicated New Years Resolution, or that it is essentially...
Update:2 years 1 week
Greg's Opinion
Ted Cruz's first senate term in a nutshell The National Review's Tim Alberta switched to Politico, and one of his opening pieces put Ted Cruz's first term in a nutshell It...
Update:2 years 1 week
Rick Perry vs The World
Andrea Parquet-Taylor named KTVT CBS 11 news director Former KHOU 11 assistant news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor named Vice President, News Director for KTVT CBS 11 Andrea...
Update:2 years 2 weeks
Mike McGuff
VIDEO: KPRC 2 10pm newscast (1-24-99) ...
Update:2 years 2 weeks
Mike McGuff
Democrats actually thought Wendy Davis was a serious candidate? Hat tip to Willisms: VIDEO- Wendy Davis being Wendy Davis: https://t.co/SHq3ACGVDJ #txlege— Will Franklin (@WILLisms) January 24,...
Update:2 years 2 weeks
Rick Perry vs The World
Luke Bryan to sing National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI on FOX ​ Country music superstar LUKE BRYAN will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LI pregame festivities at NRG Stadium in Houston...
Update:2 years 3 weeks
Mike McGuff
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