Monday, May 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

City Council considers tax swap with school district

City Council is exploring a number of ways the city of Austin can lend a hand to the Austin Independent School District, which will forfeit $406 million this year to the state under Texas’ “recapture” policy. At a work session…

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council hopes new rules will shorten meetings

Meetings that stretch into the wee hours of the morning, lengthy work sessions, budget briefings and additional special called meetings have taken a toll on the 10-1 City Council, those feisty newcomers who thought they could reinvent the wheel when…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Mayor suggests changes to public safety pay

Paying for Austin’s public safety needs could add more than $75.9 million to the city’s General Fund budget over the next five years – with more than two-thirds of that funding going to the Austin Police Department, according to the…

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council considers providing rental assistance to Austin arts groups

Today, City Council is set to consider a plan to provide rental assistance to arts organizations. That’s after Mayor Steve Adler made a series of proposals aimed at strengthening the city’s music scene last year. For many Austin artists, some…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Pool proposes campaign finance rule changes

City Council Member Leslie Pool will be bringing forward an amendment to the city’s campaign finance law in June. Pool’s proposal is an attempt to remedy the city’s First Amendment problem with part of the old law, which federal Judge…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Entertainment, arts returning to former ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ hot spot in East Austin

An East Austin recreation center that was once a hot spot on the so-called “Chitlin’ Circuit” for African-American entertainers is expected to return to its roots as a hub of live entertainment and creative arts. Last month Austin’s Parks and Recreation…

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