Tuesday, June 29, 2021 by Joel Gross

Local news is a two-way street

I often describe the Austin Monitor as a news source that exists at the intersection of local government and community. One of the many reasons we believe this space is so important is because of the tremendous influence each side…

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by Joel Gross

Our decisions shape the community

I previously described elections as a “high-stakes civic intersection between information and action” – in other words, right in the Austin Monitor’s wheelhouse. When it comes to turnout, this recent special election had numerous factors stacked against it: mid-year (not…

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by Joel Gross

Our journey ahead

Everyone who has ever found themselves fighting the good fight for a nonprofit has a personal story about how they got there. I love hearing these stories, and while the details are always unique, they all follow the same humanizing…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotel taxes forecast to fall by $36M, leading to expected deficit in city arts funding

With the city projecting a $36 million decrease in Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue because of lower hotel bookings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, arts funding for the current budget year is expected to see a $1.5 million shortfall. The Arts…

Friday, April 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Editorial: All together now, Austin

The past several weeks have brought unprecedented change to Austin as businesses have shuttered and everyone who can has remained home in a citywide effort to flatten the curve and slow the spread of Covid-19. For many of us, myself…

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The 2020 U.S. Census

This week, Mariana Salazar, who is the Census 2020 project director at United Way for Greater Austin, sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jessi Devenyns to talk about why participation in this year’s national census is so important and how…

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