Chris Hooks, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Elon Musk: The TT Interview http://kut.org/post/elon-musk-tt-interview <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">Elon Musk, the CEO of Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors, came to the Texas Capitol this week to lobby legislators to allow his company to sell electric cars directly to customers, a battle that has become increasingly pitched in the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/10/teslas-efforts-texas-trouble/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">face of opposition</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;from car dealers. But his electric car enterprise is not the only legislative push he’s involved in this session: As head of SpaceX, he’s also hoping to open </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">a</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/texas-parks-and-wildlife/tpwd-spacecraft-launch-pad-too-close-to-wildlife/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">commercial</a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/texas-parks-and-wildlife/tpwd-spacecraft-launch-pad-too-close-to-wildlife/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;"> spaceport</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;in South Texas.</span><br class="kix-line-break" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;"><br class="kix-line-break" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">On Wednesday, Musk talked with the Tribune about his effort to&nbsp;</span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">get an exemption from state antitrust laws</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">, Texas’ reputation as a business-friendly state and why he wants to launch rockets from Brownsville.</span> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:32:38 +0000 Chris Hooks, Texas Tribune 7334 at http://kut.org Elon Musk: The TT Interview Texplainer: What are the State Event Trust Funds? http://kut.org/post/texplainer-what-are-state-event-trust-funds <p><strong>Hey, Texplainer: What are the State Comptroller&rsquo;s Events Trust Funds, and how do they work?</strong><br /><br />With ground broken on the Formula 1 <a href="http://circuitoftheamericas.com/" target="_blank">Circuit of the Americas</a> racetrack southeast of Austin, the racing venue recently found itself in a <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-council-delays-vote-on-whether-to-endorse-1559215.html" target="_blank">dispute</a> between the city of Austin and State Comptroller Susan Combs over the use of one of four trust funds intended to encourage the hosting of events in Texas.&nbsp;The funds provide money upfront to host events before the state recovers the money from hotel, alcoholic beverage, car rental, sales, and general use taxes in the period during and after the event. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:17:05 +0000 Chris Hooks, Texas Tribune 1884 at http://kut.org Texplainer: What are the State Event Trust Funds?