Charles Blain

Klein ISD Voters Reject Tax Increase

Klein ISD Voters Reject Tax Increase

Local officials often opt to hold elections on non-uniform election dates in an effort to increase the chance of their desired outcome, but some taxpayers recently showed that strategy doesn’t always work. Klein Independent School District held a nine-cent tax...
Klein ISD’s Midsummer Tax Increase

Klein ISD’s Midsummer Tax Increase

Taxpayers have grown accustomed to the deceptive tactics that government entities employ when issuing debt or increasing taxes. School districts, for instance, are known to move polling locations to increase favorable outcomes and even to mislead voters about what’s...
Public Pension Risk Factors  

Public Pension Risk Factors  

If there is one thing that has always been certain, it’s the government employment safety net. Though the pay may not always compete with market rates – nor should it; it is public service after all – the lucrative post-employment benefits have always played a big...
Amid Turmoil, HISD Considers $1.7B Bond

Amid Turmoil, HISD Considers $1.7B Bond

Six years ago, the state’s largest school district made history when it issued its largest bond ever. Now, they are eyeing a similar-sized bond to be on an upcoming ballot. Houston Independent School District has yet to wrap up projects from its $1.89 billion bond...
City Council To Vote On Houston Budget

City Council To Vote On Houston Budget

For the past few weeks, city council members in Houston have been poring through the mayor’s proposed budget, listening to department heads justify spending while claiming to be efficient, and developing their own amendments to the multi-billion budget ahead of this...