Fred Badlissi

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The Stimulus Teeters on a Lege

by Fred Badlissi | Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 0:30 CST
Texas continues to collect stimulus funds, but the legislature must be responsible for how those funds are spent.
Stimulus Watch

Reminder: The Stimulus is Working

Two years later, Texas has a lot to show for accepting stimulus funds.

As the stimulus turns two years old, there are people who are condemning it as a terrible blunder. Case in point: possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee. Last week, he told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that the stimulus “did not work.” … Read More


Of Lone Star Pride and Federal Prejudice

Join us for six sessions on books, writing and culture! The Second Annual Texas Observer Writers’ Festival    FEATURING SARAH BIRD  reading from her new novel The Gap Year   Saturday, April 2, 2011  |  11:30 – 6:00 pm   … Read More

Stimulus Watch

A Requiem for the Build America Bond

BABs, TxDOT and the $1.4 Billion in Federal Stimulus Subsidies

If you’ve been watching the municipal bond market, you might have noticed something interesting recently: The issuance of municipal bonds – debt used to finance local government projects – dropped to an eleven-year low. While most might be tempted to … Read More