One exemption expanded, one not settled
"This year," the Austin City Council "granted a small homestead" property tax "exemption of $5,000... applied equally to everyone. And we also granted an exemption for the elderly and the disabled members of the community."
Dan Patrick said that if women "get paid less than a man for the same job, that that’s not a problem."
Leticia Van de Putte "voted to give illegal immigrants in this country free health care--not emergency health care but total free health care."
One of 21 places where the jobs are advertised
The state-hired company that evaluates state-mandated student exams "goes on Craigslist to get examiners to read our students’ essays."
UPDATED: And more were poised to join the club
Austin has "over 1,000 city employees that make six-figure salaries."
Agency's own website said otherwise
"To deprive" underprivileged children "of a meat-based protein during school lunch is most likely depriving them of their only source of protein for the day."
Medians can muddle
"57% of the jobs created" in Austin "from 2009 to 2013 do not pay families a living wage."
Subtract around $4,000
In Texas public schools, "we spend an average of $12,000 per pupil per year."
Just above 50 percent
"The majority of Austinites rent" the places they live.
Crime happens everywhere
"We have less crime in the (Rio Grande) Valley than we do in other major Texas cities."
A felony in Texas
Austin mayoral candidate "Mike Martinez takes corporate money."
172 billion gallons gone
Says Central Texas river water sent to downstream rice farmers in 2011 equaled about three years’ worth of Austin’s water use.
Four (maybe five) Latinos have served on the Austin City Council.
"Wendy Davis has already taken more $ from teacher unions than the past 3 Democrat gubernatorial candidates combined."
Sought, not accepted
Ryan Sitton’s company "accepted over $650,000 in Obama stimulus dollars."
More costly and more service hours
Capital Metro originally said MetroRail's yearly operating costs would be "about $2.5 million. Last year ... it cost $13 million to operate."
About 20 judges off
Every one of "more than 30 federal judges who have considered the issue of gay and lesbian rights since last June… ruled that marriage is a constitutional right and you cannot deprive individual citizens of that right based on their sexual orientation."
Favors it, didn’t promise
"Glenn Hegar promised to eliminate the property tax."
Under Reagan, Clinton and W
"Ralph Hall has never voted to raise the debt ceiling."
Dental costs extra, while Texan got subsidy and still faces up to $6,000 a year more out of pocket
On HealthCare.Gov, Texan Mark Sullivan "found a good" health insurance "plan that includes dental, for less than $80 a month."
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