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Gordon Keith Goes Paycheck Peeking

The Ticket’s own Gordon Keith has an op-ed today in the Morning News (paywall) about the annual “What People Earn” issue of Parade and about our desire to know what our friends and neighbors and favorite quarterbacks make. Gordon leads his story with an anecdote involving me, Eric Celeste, and Adam McGill. Careful readers will […]

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Leading Off (3/11/13)

Police Need Help Cracking Murder Case Involving Senior: A 79-year-old woman in East Dallas was found slain in her home Saturday, and police are turning to the public for help. There were signs of forced entry, but no word on whether the residence where the woman was found was burglarized. And Bernie Tiede’s locked up, […]

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Arlington May See a Tax Hike Due to Sequester

Cluck says #sequester will mean $3 million hit to #Arlington budget. #Section8 among areas to suffer. — Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) February 28, 2013 Cluck told @chucktodd he hasn’t raised taxes in 5 years on those living in #Arlington, but considering doing so bc of #sequester cuts. — Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) February 28, 2013 Arlington Mayor […]

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Leading Off (2/25/13)

Sequester Cuts Would Burn in Texas: If automatic cuts to federal spending kick in Friday, Texas stands to lose millions in funding to military bases, ports, pre-school services, tuition assistance, teachers, environmental programs, law enforcement, and more according to state-by-state cut details released by the White House Sunday. Mayor’s Education Fix a Bore: The Dallas […]

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Half of Texas’ Construction Workers Are Undocumented Immigrants

A new report released yesterday by the Austin-based Workers Defense Project found that half of all construction workers in Texas are undocumented. The group worked with UT-Austin researchers to determine that nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants worked in the construction field statewide, interviewing 1,200 workers from Dallas, El Paso, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Results were not […]

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Leading Off (2/18/13)

Is the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System Overinvested in Real Estate? There are so many questions raised by this lengthy report on how the pension fund that owns Museum Tower ended up managing the luxury proprieties it propped-up with large cash infusions after the real estate bubble burst. For example: What are the properties really […]

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Leading Off (2/11/13)

Perry Goes to California to Poach Businesses: Rick Perry is on tour of California, where he hopes to swoop-in and woo businesses to Texas. It’s a trip that puts the epic state showdown in context: In that corner, Athens. In this one, Sparta. Each serves as the other’s foil, the Ali to its Frazier, the […]

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Hundreds of People Are Trying to Unload Their Personal Seat Licenses at Cowboys Stadium, Including One For the Low, Low Price of $200,000

Prompted by this New York Post story today about unhappy Jets fans selling off their personal seat licenses, I headed to SeasonTicketRights.com to see what the scene was like at Cowboys Stadium. The result: lots of people, trying to sell lots of seats. Like this one: Amenities – Best sightlines in the stadium – Roomier, […]

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Texas Is Still the Most Valuable College Football Team, But Michigan Is Closing In

The University of Texas’ college football is valued at $761.7 million, which makes it more valuable than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a recent study indicates. The Longhorns are the most valuable college football team, but their hold is slipping. The team’s worth fell five percent from the 2011 evaluation, and Michigan – the second-most valuable – is […]

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Texas’ State Budget Tripled From 1992 to 2010

The Texas state budget tripled from 1992 to 2010, and now lawmakers want to amend the state Constitution to limit further expansion, the Texas Tribune reported today. The biannual budget grew to $187.5 billion from $62.8 billion, roughly 3.9 percent every two years, once inflation and population gains are considered. The 2012-13 budget fell to […]

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Sessions: ‘The President Needs to Know That We’re Willing to Negotiate’

Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions said Congressional Republicans are willing to increase tax rates for top earners if their democratic colleagues make significant reductions to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, he told Bloomberg TV Friday night. “If it’s a good deal, yes,” Sessions said, when asked whether he’d accept a trade-off involving tax […]

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Fiscal Cliff Could Cost Texas’ Health and Human Services System $142 Million, Affect 327K Clients

As the fiscal cliff conversation heats up (three weeks to go!), its financial impact on Texas’ programs is starting to come into focus. That includes an estimated $142 million reduction for Health and Human Services, a drop that will affect more than 300,000 clients statewide, HHS budget and fiscal policy director David Kinsey told the […]

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