Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly destroyed homes near the Texas coast, thousands of Texans are still waiting for housing assistance. The long-term disaster recovery effort funded by the federal government has made little headway. But where two state agencies faltered, another is stepping in.Full Story
Over the last ten years, the Texas Department of Rural Affairs has distributed over $1.3 billion — most of it federal funds — for community and economic development, disaster recovery, and health services in rural areas. More than 90 percent of TDRA’s community and economic development funding is Federal money from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...
The numbers prove it: State government is shrinking. Many attribute the drop in state jobs to the budget cuts lawmakers passed last legislative session. But agencies had been preparing for the deficit by dropping employees for more than a year.Full Story
The General Land Office has a lot on its plate these days — a controversial property rights lawsuit, the reopening of Texas’ favorite surf spot and an ongoing project to restore Texas’ most fertile fishing pier.Full Story
Urban luxuries — say, running water — aren’t guaranteed everywhere in Texas. The state Department of Rural Affairs helps rural Texans get basic amenities, but the agency is on Gov. Rick Perry's budget chopping block.Full Story
Hey, Texplainer: Why are Texas state agencies operating with a skeleton crew today?
Well, it's a venerated Texas holiday, of course: Confederate Heroes' Day. How are you celebrating?Full Story
Did it just get easier for governmental agencies in Texas to delay releasing public information?Full Story