Posted on · Republican officials contend last fall’s boycott of Harris County Commissioners Court was more than worth it, forcing cuts to what they saw as a bloated budget and granting relief to taxpayers burdened by inflation. But the bill is coming due in the form of starved departments and fewer services.
Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Despite rising costs, Harris County is now forced to keep tax rates flat for the coming fiscal year because two commissioners boycotted votes on the matter. How will that affect the county's budget? Then we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.
Posted on · On Tuesday's show: A discussion of what's driving fuel and energy prices back up, a candidate interview with Jack Cagle, and a conversation with TV host and food writer Nigella Lawson.
Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn about the compromise one commissioner is proposing over the county budget. Then we discuss the week in politics. And food writers talk about Houston restaurants where you should never skip dessert.
Posted on · Hidalgo accused Ogg of using misleading evidence to obtain search warrants that resulted in the arrest of her chief of staff and two former senior staffers.
Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Proposed changes to the city's noise ordinance are being voted on this week to address noise stemming from Washington Avenue bars. Plus Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle answers your questions. Then actor Jeff Goldblum talks about performing with his jazz band. And Houstonian KC Davis talks about her new book, How to Keep House While Drowning.
Posted on · No charges have been filed, and there have been no arrests, but the Texas Rangers confirmed Friday the investigation is ongoing.
Posted on · Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo looks to fend of primary challenges, as are commissioners Adrian Garcia and Jack Cagle.
Posted on · Commissioner Jack Cagle's proposal would roll the budget back to 2018 funding priorities, and lead to 1,140 job losses, according to an analysis from the Harris County Office of Management and Budget.
Posted on · The new maps drastically change three of four Harris County precinct boundaries, and the two GOP lawmakers believe that would lead to the loss of at least one of their seats.
Posted on · Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey was the lone "no" vote.
Posted on · Republican commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey had threatened to break quorum the day of the vote, forcing the tax rate to revert to an even lower level, but ultimately reached a deal on a 3% cut.
Posted on · The two Republicans on the court argued the move was a "power grab," though Democrats already have a majority to make county-level changes.
Posted on · The five members of Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved the resolution in support of the pardon request, which was submitted last month to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Posted on · Democrats already had a 3-2 majority on the court, but a minority of commissioners can still block legislation in extraordinary circumstances.