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HISD’s budget surplus, and the politics of gasoline (April 13, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: Why HISD is cutting spending despite a budget surplus, we discuss the latest news in politics, and we reflect on the contributions of women to space travel and exploration.


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On Wednesday’s show: A five-year audit found that Houston ISD had a $300 million surplus. So, why does the district continue to cut spending?

Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in local, state, and national politics in our weekly political roundup, including the politics of gasoline. We discuss why the Biden administration is temporarily allowing E15 ethanol blend gas to be sold this summer, when it's usually banned under the Clean Air Act.

Then, we reflect on the contributions women have made — and continue to make — in the field of space travel and exploration, specifically at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. We talk with the space center’s historian, Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, author of Making Space for Women.

And we visit Houston’s William Price Distilling to learn how the startup had to pivot two years ago and make something they'd never intended.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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