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The Midday Brief: Nov. 29, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Hunger strike targets Hutchison; more double-billing ethics questions

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Audit the accounts. Find the right software. Amend House rules in January to require that all members’ travel expenses and reimbursements be posted online simultaneously with their posting on the members’ accounts. It can’t be that hard. We’re only talking about 150 people." — Watchdog says Taylor doubled-billed for travel, BurkaBlog

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "For years, the state paid private providers who care for people with disabilities to handle their clients’ case management. But an 11th-hour change inserted into the budget last session stripped them of that responsibility, giving it instead to quasi-governmental Mental Retardation Authorities — and potentially creating a conflict of interest." — Private Providers Fight Back Over Service Change
  • "The director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on the criminal justice challenges lawmakers will face next session (and how they can get the greatest return for each dollar spent), why eliminating prisons could be the most cost-effective way to improve safety and why creating new criminal offenses is the wrong thing to do." — Marc Levin: The TT Interview

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