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Welcome the New Bastrop Council!

Just a quick heads up that there’s an important Special Meeting called tomorrow night on the Bastrop City Council. The purpose of the meeting it to set the date of the runoff election for the Place 3 slot on the Council, between Lyle Nelson (whom we support) and Lee Harle, and to swear in the new Mayor, Connie Schroeder and Place 4 Council member, Bill Ennis.

It starts at 6:30 pm at Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut. Come on over and greet the new Mayor and Council! Agenda here.

Please note that though the agenda states that the Council is going to discuss the runoff election being held on June 6, this may not be the date. The date of June 10th seems to be the most supported date and is consistent with runoffs being held in San Antonio, as well as in a number of municipalities in Tarrant, Dallas, El Paso counties.

Hope to see you there!

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Victory Smells Sweet, But It Ain’t Over Yet!

In case you didn't get the great news, the Bastrop NOT "good ol' boys" (and gals) got a big setback last night! Read the rest of this entry »

Boot Em’ Out, those Not Good Ol’ Boys of Bastrop!

Is it not time for the voters of the city of Bastrop to dust off their boots and give the NOT 'good ol' boys' who've been cashing in on us -- the boot?! Here's your chance if you're a voter who lives in the city of Bastrop. Give the 'good ol boys' the boot! their boots and give the 'good ol' boys' who've been cashing in on us -- the boot?! Three seats are up -- Mayor and City Council Places 3 and 4. Voters can vote in all three. Read the rest of this entry »

Bastrop Outsiders Unite!

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Breaking…Are UT Dell Med School & Watson Misspending?

For Immediate Release                                                                            February 8, 2017

Are UT Dell Medical School and Sen. Kirk Watson
Misspending Central Healthcare Hospital District Funds?

Austin, 2:30 pm: UT Dell Medical School appears to be misspending taxpayer dollars committed to the Central Healthcare Hospital District. If they are, this raises serious questions about potential violations of law and the public trust, so says longtime reform attorney, Fred Lewis and former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin). Linda Curtis of Independent Texans is raising questions about her own State Senator, Kirk Watson’s law firm having benefited from it.

From UT’s own financial records, the reports shows 84% of all UT Dell Medical School compensation is paid for with Central Health funds and the vast majority of these expenditures are going to personnel who do not provide any health care of any kind.

Linda Curtis of Independent Texans PAC said, “Everyone knows that Senator Watson has been the leading cheerleader for building the medical school, which is fine. However, when he failed to pass legislation in 2011 (SB 821) to authorize Central Health to help pay for medical education, I believe he continued to find ways to get his way. Senator Watson nor UT can now claim that in 2012, when Travis County voters gave the Health District the right to increase property taxes, they also gave them the power to do what SB 821, in its failure, did not do for them. Spending tens of millions of dollars per year — for things other than health care — is a rip off of low-income citizens, not to mention all who are paying for it.”

Lewis remarked that, “No other hospital district in Texas, to our knowledge, has funded a medical school’s non-health care services. Hospital districts typically contract with medical schools to provide health care for the poor, but no hospital district other than Central Health funds non-health care services of medical schools.”

Former longtime State Senator for the Austin area, Gonzalo Barrientos, helped draft the bill that passed in the 2003 legislative session to allow for the creation of the Central Healthcare Hospital District. Barrientos commented, “My intent in passing the law that we passed in the legislature was to create a district that medically treated poor people, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year but right now when they’re hurting.”

Senator Kirk Watson is a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP. The firm represents Central Healthcare Hospital District and has paid the firm over $3 million.

For more details on matters contained in this release, see these 4 charts and the Fred Lewis report.

For More Information:

Linda Curtis, 512-657-2089
Fred Lewis, 512-636-1389

 

 

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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