Texas Lunch Links: Budgeting Gimmicks, Bevo the Dragon, and Toll Roads

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Texas Lunch Links is a lunchtime buffet of interesting Texas News and Views with a heavy emphasis on happenings at the Texas Legislature.

BUDGET: An accounting gimmick that helps Texas lawmakers balance the budget each biennium may soon change.

PRISON BAILOUT: New York bondholders may stand to benefit the most from an expensive and controversial proposal to buy prisons the state doesn't need and doesn't want.

DAWSON STATE JAIL SUED: In related prison news, for-profit prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is being sued by the Texas Civil Rights Project and Prison Legal News for “patterns of uncoscionable and unconstitutional conditions” at Dawson State Jail. Dawson State jail is one of the private prison facilities Texas lawmakers are considering bailing out by buying up.

BEVO THE DRAGON: Members of the Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student organization of the University of Texas at Austin launched a weather balloon dubbed “Bevo the Dragon” earlier this week. Watch a fun video of their launch below the fold.

Read more Texas Lunch Links below the fold!WEST EXPLOSION: Testimony before the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee revealed that neither cities nor the State of Texas have standards for how dangerous chemicals are to be stored.

FIXED TUITION: Texas colleges and universities may be able to offer fixed four-year tuition rates to students in the future if a bill by Dallas Republican Representative Dan Branch can make it through the senate.

TOLL ROADS: A bill that would prevent drivers with more than 100 unpaid tolls from renewing their vehicle registrations is likely to land on Rick Perry's desk soon.



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