Texplainer

Texplainer: What Does It Cost to Fight Texas Wildfires?

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

As the wildfires have worsened, costs have mounted at a rate of over $1 million per day. The state will pay the majority, though local governments and the feds will also pay a share.

What's the Select Committee on State Sovereignty?

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, clerk Laura Collins and Rep. Brandon Creighton R-Conroe listen to testimony during State Sovereignty Committee. March 17th, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, clerk Laura Collins and Rep. Brandon Creighton R-Conroe listen to testimony during State Sovereignty Committee. March 17th, 2011

The State Sovereignty Committee, which meets today to discuss bills related to federal health care reform, was likely formed for efficiency’s sake, and to create a kind of heat sink for contentious debate. 

Why Can’t I Buy a Car or Liquor on Sundays?

Wiggy's Liquor, August 7, 2010 in West End, Austin, TX.
Wiggy's Liquor, August 7, 2010 in West End, Austin, TX.

You can’t buy liquor on Sundays and car dealerships can only be open one day over a weekend because of the last remnants of so-called “blue laws” in Texas. But a state Senate bill would change that for alcohol sales.