KUT’s Morning Newspod for March 7, 2011
AISD Studying Resignation Incentives
Tonight the Austin Independent School District’s board will get more details on an option to offer certain employees an incentive package to voluntarily resign. This would be offered to people already slated to lose their jobs.
A document on the board’s website shows the district could end up having to pay employees unemployment benefits on top of the incentives. Also on the agenda: board members will take another look at the proposed budget for next school year.
How Does the State’s Rainy Day Fund Work?
The House Appropriations Committee may vote this week on whether to spend more than $4-billion of the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The money would be used to close a gap in the state’s budget. That would still be less than half of the total amount in the state’s savings account…and that got KUT’s Matt Largey wondering where all that money came from. Hear Largey’s Rainy Day Fund explainer on today’s podcast.
Final House Vote on Sonogram Bill Expected Today
The Texas House is scheduled to take a final vote on the abortion sonogram bill today. It’s the bill’s third reading. The legislation would require women seeking abortions to get sonograms before having the procedure. If the bill passes the House, it will then have to be reconciled with the Senate’s version. With strong GOP backing, the bill is expected to pass and eventually be signed into law.