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Taxpayer Handout to Schwab…3 days notice!

You know there’s something really wrong when the Austin Business Journal starts sounding like the Rag Blog. But when it comes to a taxpayer handout to Schwab — that the County and the Company have been hiding until the last minute — it appears that we’re all in this together.

Travis County Commissioners Court will hold a “public hearing” tomorrow on a $8.5M (over 10 years) subsidy that includes a $3.6M County grant to Schwab. They gave our community 3 days notice on this one. Whupdedoo!

If it passes (on Tuesday, August 5th, it comes back to the Commission) you can expect Governor Rick Perry to be happy as a pig in slop. He can follow by throwing Schwab an additional $4.5M grant of state taxpayer dollars.

Message to Travis County Commissioners:  Please make our day. Austin taxpayers are already chomping at the bit for a full-on voter revolt. You can give us one more, if you like.

OK, let’s say you think we need the jobs and you believe this company and you believe the Governor. Why wouldn’t they include a strong local hiring component — say 90%? Let’s see what they do tomorrow.

Where are the mayoral and city council candidates on stopping the bleeding of Austin taxpayers? Start asking them, folks.

Very soon, we will give you some of what you need to get all the hogs out of the trough before it runs dry.

Stay tuned and get ready…our day is coming.

Want to comment on this? Just click on the title of this article and you’ll see the comments section at the bottom.

Click here for the article in the Austin Business Journal
lick here for David King’s excellent letter to the Travis County Commissioners Court

Click here for former County Judge Bill Aleshire’s special to the Statesman

Here’s where you can reach the Commissioners:

PS  Folks, please get your friends to sign up to receive our emails. Austin voters passed 10-1 to have a chance to take back our city. That time is nigh!


We love toll roads, don’t you?

We figured that subject line that we love toll roads might get ya! Austin Traffic and Growth Causing Nightmares

News Flash!

  • 30,000 more cars and trucks on
  • Mopac every day!
  • Mopac converted to I-35 West!

This is what happens if local and state officials spend hundreds of millions of our tax dollars connecting South Mopac to I-35 and expanding Mopac from Cesar Chavez to the Wildflower Center.

OF MOPAC INTO INTERSTATE 35 WEST – no toll roads please!

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Stop MoPACs Murder

In a rush deal — tomorrow — you could witness the Travis County Commissioners Court commit MoPacs MURDER. Here’s the anatomy:

  •     Connect the south end of Mopac to Interstate 35 – the “not-secret” final plan.
  •     Divert Interstate 35 traffic to Mopac – an additional 30,000 thousand vehicles.
  •     Bring MoPac to a dead stop all day long — it’s already maxed during peak hours. 
  •     Provide land speculators in northern Hays County with a bonanza.
  •     Pave over a portion of the state’s most vulnerable drinking water aquifer!
  •     Do it in the name of relieving traffic from northern Hays County by 2-3 minutes. 


Road warrior SW Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daughetry is fast tracking MoPac’s Murder by moving for $15 million tomorrow to cement the project before Sarah Eckhardt and Brigid Shea get a chance to vote.

The money isn’t due for almost 2 years! Come find out which budget items will be shorted by $15M?!?!

Stop Daugherty from tomorrow’s big “screw you MoPac commuters” overreach.

Show up at 1:30 tomorrow at the Travis County Commissioners Court, at 700 Lavaca. There’s parking garage and street parking.

Please keep getting others to sign in to our network (at our website) or on our Facebook page right here

Thank y’all — hold on to your hats, it’s going to get even more wild taking back our city and our region!

PS There’s lots of great information at this website about this topic — thank you Keep MoPac Local for all the hard work:

ChangeAustin Supporters holding signs that spell Voter Revolt Dog and pony show at the 2009 MLK March Water Treatment Plant #4 Debate, 2009. 10-1 revolt Lorri Michel Bill Alshire Austin CIty Council Brian Rodgers with then Travis County Chief Appraiser, testifying at the Travis County Commissioners Court. Tax protest a the Travis County Appraisal District, 2009 Tax protest a the Travis County Appraisal District, 2009

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