Ryan Murphy plays a role in developing the Tribune's collection of data interactives (with a focus on mapping), conducts data analysis and currently maintains and updates the government employee salary database. Ryan graduated in 2010 with a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the web editor for The Daily Texan.
On April 30, which was 30 days ahead of Texas' May 29 primaries, participating candidates were required to file reports that represent all campaign-finance efforts leading up to the election. We have pulled all contribution data for filers between Jan. 1 and April 30 and made it searchable here.Full Story
Use our interactive map to view the roughly 70 low-income housing projects that bypassed the state's point system and got board-approved for coveted tax credit subsidies over the last decade — subsidies worth a combined $660 million.
With the May 29 elections rapidly approaching, the candidates are out in force and so are the groups that want to share their views of the candidates with you. Here's a sampling of scorecards from some of the prominent interest groups.Full Story
During the 2011 legislative session, we compiled a salary database of all the state’s highest-paid school administrators: superintendents. After a year and a $5.4 billion reduction in state funding to public education, we are doing it again.Full Story
This afternoon we pushed the first update of 2012 to our government employee salary database, bringing new data to nearly half of the 140 entities currently found in our records.Full Story
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has released its newest county-by-county life expectancy estimates — and we've culled them for Texas.Full Story
In partnership with the San Antonio Express-News, the Tribune has built an interactive map of the low-income tax credit housing projects in the state.Full Story
On April 15, Texas candidates running for congressional seats were required to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. We have compiled a list of the major numbers for the candidates running for Congressional districts in Texas.Full Story
The historic Texas drought caused statewide worries over potential water shortages when reservoir levels fell dramatically. Our interactive data app allows you to check the current status of the state's reservoirs.Full Story
Yearly state accountability ratings can make or break a school district. But there's more to determining how districts stack up. Use our interactive data application to explore how districts' demographics and finances correlate to their ratings.
The Tribune requested the most recent personal finance statements for all current members of the Texas House and Texas Senate. We have updated each lawmaker's page in the directory to make the documents viewable. Visit legislators' page in the directory to view their most recent filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.Full Story
If the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, Texas may see a surge in newly insured patients seeking primary care. As this interactive of primary-care workforce shortages from 2001 to 2011 shows, the number of physicians in your county isn't likely to keep up with demand.
Gov. Rick Perry and his now dormant presidential campaign committee, RickPerry.org Inc., are in the clear to create a new PAC or Super PAC with the remaining primary funds or to funnel those contributions to Perry’s Texas committee.Full Story
The candidates have filed for the May 29 primary elections, and we've updated our election brackets to reflect the final filing period.Full Story