At the Texas Municipal League’s annual convention in Austin on Thursday, city officials from across the state gathered to encourage each other to pass regulations on payday and auto-title lending, an unregulated sector many consider usurious, if not predatory, and to discuss ways to defend against the industry’s lawsuits.
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Major Texas cities are doing their part to challenge Texas’ rank as one of the least green states in the Union, a new report shows. Perhaps not surprisingly, Austin is the greenest city, with San Antonio and Houston (!) tying for the number two spot.
It seems like just about everyone loves Austin these days, with noobie residents arriving by the thousands each year and national media crowning it […]
LifeWorks is an Austin nonprofit that provides needy families and individuals with support services like affordable housing, education and counseling.
Lifelines is a multimedia project honoring the relationship between Austin’s homeless and their pets.
Solar is just a tiny sliver—less than 1 percent—of Texas’ electricity mix.
Yet, the economics are becoming increasingly favorable for solar to take off in a big way. The question is probably when, not if. And a recent analysis by ERCOT has some very rosy projections for the future of the solar industry in Texas. (And some very sour news for nuclear, coal and maybe even natural gas.)
When I first saw a flyer for the Food for Black Thought (FFBT) Symposium on a wall at Hoover’s Cooking, the celebrated East Austin restaurant, my first thought was: If this is another excuse for a panel of articulate busybodies to tell me what not to put in my mouth, count me out.
Following the Observer’s reporting on a Texas payday lender’s scheme to circumvent state and local rules meant to protect consumers, state regulators issued a stern warning last week.
The increasing need for affordable housing is readily apparent in Texas.
As serendipity would have it, I had stumbled onto the latest mutant creature in the wild and wooly world of Texas payday lending. “What you’ve come across is really important,” said Ann Baddour of Texas Appleseed. “It looks like they have found a loophole within a loophole.”