Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November http://kut.org/post/pollsters-are-coming-what-means-texas-voters-november <p>In the Texas Tribune today, Aman Batheja r<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/23/media-consortium-plans-more-exit-polling-in-texas/">eports on a significant change</a> that has researchers and politicos drooling: Exit polls are returning to Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Batheja</span>&nbsp;writes:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, with a high-profile gubernatorial race on the November ballot, the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.edisonresearch.com/election-research-services/exit-polling-faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-nep-exit-poll#.U87gWYBdWOU" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Election Pool</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to conduct more robust exit polling in Texas this year, giving&nbsp;researchers and political analysts the means to better examine the outcome.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160000054&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 10851 at http://kut.org The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI http://kut.org/post/anti-corruption-unit-chief-no-davis-docs-passed-fbi <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy </a><a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Davis</a>&nbsp;last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the&nbsp;FBI.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorneys Office closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. </span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dallas</a></em><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Morning News</a></em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10254 at http://kut.org Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line http://kut.org/post/officials-discussing-texas-mexico-high-speed-rail-line <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">A high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, could be less than a decade away from welcoming its first passengers, according to federal and Texas officials who met with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss the project.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:09:36 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9570 at http://kut.org Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations http://kut.org/post/stockman-enters-legal-grey-area-bitcoin-donations <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/steve-stockman/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Steve Stockman</a>, a Friendswood Republican with a history of flouting campaign finance laws, entered a new legal gray area this week when he announced his campaign can now accept donations in Bitcoin, a private virtual currency.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Stockman, who&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">is challenging U.S. Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/john-cornyn/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Cornyn</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;of Texas in this year’s Republican primary,</span>&nbsp;was attending an event promoting the NYC Bitcoin Center in New York's financial district earlier this week when he told a reporter with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-stockman-is-accepting-bitcoins-2014-1" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Business Insider</a>&nbsp;that his campaign could now accept Bitcoin donations. Stockman appeared to confirm the report by posting it on Facebook and Twitter.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:48:41 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9479 at http://kut.org Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road http://kut.org/post/highways-are-talking-point-candidates-take-road <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">In a speech last month kicking off her campaign to be Texas' first Democratic lieutenant governor in 15 years, state Sen.<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Leticia Van de Putte</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;San Antonio&nbsp;offered examples of what she considere Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:53 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9463 at http://kut.org Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road In Austin, Toll Lanes May Give Bus Service a Boost http://kut.org/post/austin-toll-lanes-may-give-bus-service-boost <p class="p1">In 2015, an 11-mile stretch of Austin’s MoPac Boulevard will expand to eight lanes from six. The two new lanes will be tolled, giving drivers the chance to pay a premium to avoid the road’s frequent congestion.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">While the toll lanes will help ease traffic on the free lanes, neither the Texas Department of Transportation nor any of the local entities involved in the $200 million project are predicting it will transform MoPac into a free-flowing thoroughfare. With robust population growth projected for the region, MoPac traffic is expected to continue periodically slowing to a crawl for decades. When it does, local officials are optimistic that frustrated commuters will notice that it is not only personal vehicles zipping past them on the toll lanes.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9288 at http://kut.org In Austin, Toll Lanes May Give Bus Service a Boost Austin-San Antonio Rail Project May Get Federal Funds http://kut.org/post/austin-san-antonio-rail-project-may-get-federal-funds <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">Officials in Austin and San Antonio are in talks with the U.S. Department of Transportation about receiving federal funding to facilitate connecting the two cities via high-speed rail, according to local and federal officials.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; ">“I think that that concept has a lot of promise, and we just have to continue working with the local community to see how to get it in shape and see what we can do on the federal level,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.</p><p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:43:58 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 8626 at http://kut.org Austin-San Antonio Rail Project May Get Federal Funds Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent http://kut.org/post/pitts-working-impeach-controversial-ut-system-regent <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Update</strong><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">&nbsp;</strong>(June 21, 3:26 p.m.):&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">State Rep.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/jim-pitts/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jim-pitts/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Jim Pitts</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, </span>R-Waxahachie<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, said Friday afternoon that his effort to unseat University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is still very much alive in the last days of the session, and said he is confident he has the necessary support in the House. Aides to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;have been lobbying members to leave Hall in office, but Pitts said he's got the numbers right now.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Original story:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">The House's chief budget writer and a longstanding critic of the&nbsp;University of Texas System regents is attempting to launch impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:42:48 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 8192 at http://kut.org Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent Bill Offering More Breaks From Franchise Tax Hits House http://kut.org/post/bill-offering-more-breaks-franchise-tax-hits-house <p>The Texas House will take up what is likely to be its most sweeping attempt at tax reform this year on Tuesday, though for some critics, it doesn’t go far enough.</p><p>Lawmakers have been waiting for weeks for <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB500">House Bill 500</a>, from state Rep. <a data-tooltip="/directory/harvey-hilderbran/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/harvey-hilderbran/">Harvey Hilderbran</a>, R-Kerrville, to reach the floor. The bill would spend nearly $400 million to reduce the burden of the state's franchise tax on businesses, also known as the margins tax. Along with addressing how the tax applies to a handful of industries, the bill would&nbsp;<span>make permanent a popular provision that exempts businesses with less than $1 million in gross receipts from paying the tax annually. The provision is set to expire next year.</span> Tue, 07 May 2013 12:17:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 7642 at http://kut.org Bill Offering More Breaks From Franchise Tax Hits House House Switches on Texas Lottery Commission http://kut.org/post/house-switches-texas-lottery-commission <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Updated, 4:35 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">In a 91-53 vote Tuesday afternoon, the Texas House passed House Bill 2197, continuing the the Texas Lottery Commission. An earlier vote Tuesday had failed to continue the commission.</p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Original story:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">In an outcome that left many House members stunned, a bill to continue the Texas Lottery Commission failed on Tuesday, potentially abolishing scratch-off tickets, charity bingo and other popular games of chance and blowing a new hole in the state budget.</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:35:13 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 7465 at http://kut.org House Switches on Texas Lottery Commission In Bipartisan Truce, House Members Pulling Amendments http://kut.org/post/bipartisan-truce-house-members-pulling-amendments <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">While the Texas House began working through 267 amendments on the proposed budget Thursday morning, Democratic and Republican House members confirmed that potentially divisive amendments related to funding for women’s health are being withdrawn as part of a bipartisan truce.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:38:55 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 7226 at http://kut.org In Bipartisan Truce, House Members Pulling Amendments Senate Finance Approves $195.5 Billion Budget http://kut.org/post/senate-finance-approves-1955-billion-budget <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">The 15 members of the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted on Wednesday for a $195.5 billion two-year budget&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box;">that undoes some of the cuts from the 2011 legislative session.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The budget, which now heads to the full Senate, is 2.9 percent higher than the estimated size of the current two-year budget, which is $189.9 billion after factoring in extra spending lawmakers are expected to approve later this session.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:34:10 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6942 at http://kut.org Senate Finance Approves $195.5 Billion Budget Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Regulate Self-Driving Cars http://kut.org/post/texas-lawmaker-files-bill-regulate-self-driving-cars <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Two weeks after Google showcased its self-driving car to local officials in Austin, a Texas lawmaker has filed a bill attempting to regulate the use of the futuristic technology.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">State Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/giovanni-capriglione/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/giovanni-capriglione/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Giovanni Capriglione</a>, R-Southlake, filed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB2932" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">HB 2932</a>&nbsp;on Thursday to define “autonomous motor vehicle” and “autonomous technology” in the state’s transportation code. The bill would require that a licensed driver be held responsible for such a vehicle when it is in use, even if the car is operating without the driver inside it. It also directs the Texas Department of Transportation to set up rules for the use of such vehicles in the state, including minimum insurance requirements. Nevada approved similar laws last year, though that state requires a person in the driver's seat and passenger's seat of a self-driving car while it is in use.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:31:58 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6882 at http://kut.org Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Regulate Self-Driving Cars DPS Changes Security Policy at Governor's Mansion http://kut.org/post/dps-changes-security-policy-governors-mansion <p>Federal and state elected officials are now exempted from the background checks required of visitors to the Governor’s Mansion, the Department of Public Safety said Tuesday.</p><p>Several members of the Texas Legislature had&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/28/lawmakers-boycott-governors-mansion-over-new-polic/">complained</a>&nbsp;last week after learning they were required to undergo background checks before being allowed to enter the Governor’s Mansion for a reception hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Angry legislators had asked DPS officials why the vetting they go through by Capitol security wasn’t sufficient for access to the Governor’s residence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6830 at http://kut.org DPS Changes Security Policy at Governor's Mansion Lawmakers Protest Security Policy At Governor's Mansion http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-protest-security-policy-governors-mansion <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Outraged members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus left a reception at the Governor’s Mansion this week after facing what they described as &nbsp;heavy-handed and offensive security procedures. One of the lawmakers said he won’t return to the stately residence until the policy is changed.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:07:40 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6784 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Protest Security Policy At Governor's Mansion Lawmakers Hunt for Cash to Fix Roads Hit by Drilling http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-hunt-cash-fix-roads-hit-drilling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">An assortment of state lawmakers, county officials and energy industry leaders are working this session to fix the growing number of roads torn up as a result of increased drilling activity.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">“Roads that are designed for a 20-year-life are being used in five years,” said DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, who is pressing Austin to come up with a fix this session on behalf of several counties in the Eagle Ford Shale.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:43:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6433 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Hunt for Cash to Fix Roads Hit by Drilling Combs: Lawmakers Will Have $101.4 Billion for Budget http://kut.org/post/combs-lawmakers-will-have-1014-billion-budget <p></p><p></p><p>The Texas Legislature will have $101.4 billion to haggle over in crafting its next two-year budget, along with an extra $11.8 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, Comptroller&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/">Susan Combs</a> announced Monday morning. (Listen to her full announcement <a href="https://soundcloud.com/kutnews/comptroller-susan-combs">here</a>.)</p><p>Combs’ official biennial revenue estimate sets the limit of the state’s general fund, the portion of the budget that lawmakers have the most control over. The general fund typically makes up nearly half of the state’s total budget.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:40:20 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6082 at http://kut.org Combs: Lawmakers Will Have $101.4 Billion for Budget Straus Says He's Ready for 'Serious' Session http://kut.org/post/straus-says-hes-ready-serious-session <p></p><p>AUSTIN – Despite organized efforts to unseat him, Texas House Speaker&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/joe-straus/">Joe Straus</a>&nbsp;said Wednesday he is confident his colleagues will re-elect him to the post so he can focus the&nbsp;2013 legislative session on “serious issues” for a fast-growing state.</p><p>Speaking to reporters after a luncheon held by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Opportunity Austin, Straus said he enjoys the "vast majority of support from members of both parties," though he has&nbsp;not publicly released any names or a headcount to back it up. His opponent,&nbsp;state Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-simpson/">David Simpson</a>, R-Longview,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-house-of-representatives/speaker-of-the-house/simpson-files-speaker-texas-house/">officially launched</a>&nbsp;his campaign for speaker this week, and he has not released names or a headcount either. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:27:03 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5893 at http://kut.org Straus Says He's Ready for 'Serious' Session Calls for Reform of Incentive Programs Grow Louder http://kut.org/post/calls-reform-incentive-programs-grow-louder <p>The Texas approach to doling out financial incentives to businesses faced fire on multiple fronts Tuesday, adding momentum to calls for broad reform of the state’s economic development programs.</p><p>In the Capitol, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/commit/c525/c525.htm">Senate Economic Development Committee</a>&nbsp;discussed adding more transparency and accountability to the state’s patchwork of incentive programs and heard support from attendees for such reforms.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:05:26 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5886 at http://kut.org Calls for Reform of Incentive Programs Grow Louder Incentives for Business Scrutinized in Texas http://kut.org/post/incentives-business-scrutinized-texas <p>The billions of dollars in incentives that Texas hands out to businesses each year are set to draw fresh scrutiny this week on the heels of a&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;series that raised new questions about the practice while also ruffling some feathers.</p><p>On December 3, the<em>&nbsp;Times</em>&nbsp;devoted&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/us/winners-and-losers-in-texas.html">Part 2</a>&nbsp;of its three-part&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/us/how-local-taxpayers-bankroll-corporations.html">“United States of Subsidies” </a><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/us/how-local-taxpayers-bankroll-corporations.html">series</a>&nbsp;to Texas. The article alleged that the state gives out $19.1 billion a year in business incentives, far more than any other state.&nbsp;(Disclosure: The Texas Tribune has a content partnership with&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>.)</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:35:47 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5871 at http://kut.org Incentives for Business Scrutinized in Texas