Lawmakers are diving into the state budget, figuring out which parts of the governor's State of the State speech they liked and didn't like, and watching out of the corners of their eyes at the latest in the 2014 race for governor.Full Story
A complicated employment contract and pay structure uncovered by the Austin American-Statesman reveals that one executive at the Texas Department of Public Safety is the highest paid, and it is not the agency’s director. Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management received $223,000 in compensation in 2012, beating out his boss, Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw by almost $60,000. His negotiated deal of employment also allows him to earn overtime, have contributions made to his San Antonio firefighter retirement plan and have a state-provided vehicle. Those numbers and perks don’t show up on the DPS payroll.