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Monday, August 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Job declines linked to affordability, immigration policies in chamber report

When considering a recent decrease in the number of jobs available in the Austin area, a top official with the Austin Chamber of Commerce points to slow action at the city and state levels to keep Central Texas attractive for…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Memo identifies preliminary locations for temporary homeless shelters

As part of a recent push to help Austin’s homeless, the city has been looking into using city-owned buildings to help ease overcrowding in downtown shelters. Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department provided a list of recreation centers that…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Budget: Austin weighs in

For the past month or so, City Council has been working through the details of this year’s proposed budget. At their most recent meeting, Council members heard from Austinites in a 2 1/2-hour public hearing that focused on the shape…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Taxes from unregistered short-term rentals sit unused

Millions of dollars in tax revenue from unregistered short-term rental properties sits unused because the city cannot collect it, according to Visitor Impact Task Force Chair James Russell.In 2016, City Council passed an ordinance to phase out Type 2 short-term…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council opts to sue the state over housing discrimination beef

After months of the Texas Legislature seemingly taking shot after shot at the city of Austin, City Council is swinging back.On Thursday, Council gave the go-ahead to Interim City Manager Elaine Hart to sue the state over a 2015 law…

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council to tackle two displacement resolutions today

While Mayor Steve Adler is touting a new task force on gentrification as a fresh opportunity to come up with ideas to address economic displacement, some of his City Council colleagues stress that it will only be a worthwhile effort…

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