September 2015 [PAGE: 2]

Audit: Major Events ‘Slush’ Fund

Audit: Major Events ‘Slush’ Fund

An audit released last Thursday by the Office of State Auditor John Keel details some major accountability problems with the Major Events Trust Fund (METF) from its creation in 2003 to this year. Though not exactly shocking, the audit identified key weaknesses with...
HISD Construction Corruption

HISD Construction Corruption

HISD’s Board of Trustees failed to acknowledge the looming bond shortfall, and failed to give directive to the Superintendent and administration following the revelation. But, according to an internal audit, it seems that their lackadaisical attitude trickled down to...
HISD Trustees Knew of Looming Shortfall

HISD Trustees Knew of Looming Shortfall

Since last week’s revelation and the attendant increase in public demands for accountability for Houston ISD’s $211 million bond shortfall, school board members are clamoring to deny any knowledge and deflect responsibility for the situation. But the district’s...
Sean Mahan: Issue-Driven

Sean Mahan: Issue-Driven

Sean Mahan is the prototypical citizen who truly cares about common-sense policy outcomes, not political partisanship. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Frisco, Texas in 2006. His approach to civic engagement is refreshing, in part, because it’s also unique....
Spending, Revenue, or Pensions?

Spending, Revenue, or Pensions?

The Greater Houston Partnership has released their second white paper, “Is Now the Time to Raise Property Taxes?” The partnership’s last paper, which outlined the economic crisis Houston currently faces, was met by heavy scrutiny from Houston Mayor Annise Parker and...
Straus, Geren Get Big Backing From Labor Unions

Straus, Geren Get Big Backing From Labor Unions

House Speaker Joe Straus and his top lieutenant, State Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) are the only Republicans in the top-15 beneficiaries of public-sector labor union campaign cash in the state. Straus is the second-highest recipient of union money, just behind...