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Why Texas Keeps Contracting With a Company that Underdelivers

Posted on · The state of Texas has a long — and not terribly successful — history with one contracting company: Accenture (formerly known as Andersen Consulting). Some 25 years ago, the Texas Attorney General’s office signed a contract with Andersen to computerize the state’s child support payment system. It wound up costing more than six times what the […]

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Battle Over State v. Local Control Traces All the Way Back to the Magna Carta

Posted on · We’ve seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month, she said a series of what she called “pre-emption bills” represented a shift in thinking in Austin. Stephen Koch […]

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City & State Pensions, Cleaning Up Abandoned Lots & Broadway’s Betty Buckley: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 7, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker has called Houston’s pensions “unsustainable.” Following her recent inauguration, Mayor Parker says she wants to tackle the problem and create a more sustainable retirement for current employees. The Mayor and other officials have said there’s a growing need for pension reform. But what changes can be made without impacting benefits already promised to […]