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State and Provincial Budgets

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Texas Will Rake in the Green if it Legalizes Marijuana

    To legalize or not to legalize? That is the question voters in Alaska, Florida, Oregon and Washington D.C. will be deciding come November. Meanwhile, Texas is a long way off from getting into the whole recreational marijuana game. However, all hope is not lost (if you're one of those in favor of it) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    BP to Pay $50 Million in Civil Penalties for Pollution Connected to Texas City Blast, AG Says

    The Texas City blast​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced that BP has agreed to pay a $50 million fine "for unlawfully emitting pollutants during and after the March 2005 explosion" at its Texas City plant. The civil penalties come two years after BP paid $50 million to resolve fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Comment of the Day: No Money For Schools, But Plenty For Formula 1 Racing

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Liquor Laws and Church

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Conservatives' Plan to Close Budget Gap: Sell Liquor on Sundays!!

    Drink up and close that budget gap​The conservative-dominated Texas House has come out with its plan on how to close the state's massive budget gap, and it's not just full of silly stuff like "make state employees pay for parking." Although that is part of the plan. No, the conservatives who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Texas Budget Gap: The Estimate Comes In, and It's Huge

    Maybe we could use less lighting on the capitol building​Let's harken back to the blissful days of autumn 2010, when Governor Rick Perry was able to deflect any talk of a looming budget gap by blithely noting no official estimate for it had been made. Democrats' talk that it might be as high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Bill White the Loser, HISD Declares

    Bill White's going down, HISD declares​Houston ISD's assessment of the upcoming state legislative session on Monday began with the declaration that Bill White doesn't have a chance and that Rick Perry will continue as governor. Rebecca Flores, the director of Government Relations for HISD, and bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Pre-K In Danger, Tax Rolls Down, HISD Looks For The Rabbit In The Hat

    ​Houston ISD's tax rolls look to be down 4.32 percent in the next year, with a loss of almost $5 billion in assessed values for 2011 over 2010. Most of the lost money is coming from lowered commercial property values, with the least decrease among residential property owners.Things could be even w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    How HISD Might be Facing a $57 Million Shortfall Next School Year

    ​The Houston Independent School District might be facing a shortfall in public education funding of as much as $57 million in the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2010. That less than happy news was delivered at this morning's school board agenda meeting, in a power point demonstration by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    The Game Goes On

    Yo folks -- our Sean Pendergast (to be honest, we share him with 1560AM The Game -- is live-tweeting the UT-Bama game here. (Sample tweet: "McElroy, throw the f-ing ball, even if it's incomplete. I'm tired of watching you get sacked like a little bitch..")Our thoughts so far:a) Who the hell kidnappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The Battleship Texas Gets A Boost...If It Can Raise $4 Million

    The limping Battleship Texas, which has fallen into disrepair but has really been one of the underrated attractions in Houston, got some good news today: The state released $25 million in bonds for drydocking and repairs for the aging World War II ship.The not-so-good news: Supporters need to raise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    Dead Voucher Walking

    Yep, you counted that right. One hundred and twenty-nine votes is quite a skunk. Yesterday we talked about the Virtual Voucher bill before the Senate sponsored by Houston Sen. Kyle Janek that would allow low-income students in urban areas to leave the public school system for the private, and pay ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Consumer Advocates

    Houston Area Mental Health Advocates

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Zoned Out

    An A.G.'s opinion only adds to the questions over Houston's special tax districts

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Dangerous Deficits

    Mental health cuts may come back to haunt the public

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