Travis County

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s North Campus plans to squeeze out Tax Office workers

Travis County is moving forward with plans to raise a multistory mixed-use project in North Central Austin. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously endorsed a staff recommendation to cap at three stories the planned office component that would be added…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Immigration discussion stokes heat at Commissioners Court

The issue of immigration enforcement caused sparks to fly at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, a rare moment of tension on a dais largely distinguished for its pragmatic cooperation on mundane issues of county administration. The weekly voting session…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 2.13.17

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. 1. Receive comments regarding the petition…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Immigrant Affairs commissioners debate legality of Travis County policy

Disagreement broke out at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Commission on Immigrant Affairs as to whether Travis County or the city of Austin would face criminal or civil prosecution for violating federal immigration law as inferred by President Donald…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County kicks off damage control after Abbott yanks funding

The Travis County Commissioners Court has given county programs whose funding was recently axed by Gov. Greg Abbott a new lease on life, albeit a temporary one. On Tuesday, the court voted to keep all nine programs running through May…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County explores ways to overcome funding cuts

Travis County raised nearly $90,000 as of Monday afternoon through an online initiative set up after Gov. Greg Abbott cut $1.5 million in grant funding over Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s new immigration policy. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) launched the fundraising…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Advocates, lawyers and immigrants respond to ‘sanctuary city’ threats

In response to promises from state and federal governments to knock out so-called “sanctuary cities” Wednesday, roughly 30 people crowded atop a rickety podium to announce their support of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s immigration policy. At the local headquarters…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt weighs in on sheriff’s new ICE policy

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has issued a blistering response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s threat to turn off the state funding spigot for Travis County programs over Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s decision to stop cooperating with federal immigration officials at the…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New sheriff defiantly reverses course on ICE cooperation

Travis County’s brand new Sheriff Sally Hernandez has thrown down the gauntlet at the feet of President Donald Trump. Late Friday afternoon, Hernandez officially announced, effective Feb. 1, the end of her office’s cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

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