Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

Super Bowl Stadium Thoughts

Super Bowl Stadium Thoughts

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In case the broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday didn’t make it crystal clear on high definition TV, there’s one very specific reason why the NFL chose to hold a giant tourist event in freezing Minnesota in February. (Hint: It wasn’t for the fan experience.) The reason: Money. Specifically, $1.2 billion spent to construct […]

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

In my last post I mentioned the terrible scores Houston and San Antonio governments received for transparency in their economic development programs, according to a report by Good Jobs First. One reason the stakes for transparency are high is because the amounts of subsidy are so big. How big? Well, we’ll soon find out. In 2017, for […]

Failing Transparency Scores for Houston and San Antonio

Failing Transparency Scores for Houston and San Antonio

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Let’s say it’s Friday night, 11:30pm. You stayed in to Netflix and Chill with Bae. But then you bolt upright in bed, wide awake because, like, “Exactly what kind of tax abatements DID my city give out to attract that out-of-state manufacturing company, anyway? And also, how many jobs does my city expect and what’s […]

Worst San Antonio Financial Idea of 2015: Bringing Raiders to Town

Worst San Antonio Financial Idea of 2015: Bringing Raiders to Town

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News Are you ready for my first nomination for San Antonio’s Worst Financial Idea of 2015 Award? “What? So soon,” you say? “We just started the year!” Yes, but I’ve resolved against procrastinating in the New Year, and this idea clearly needs highlighting. Are […]

Fired Up By Cuba Policy Change

Fired Up By Cuba Policy Change

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express News. I’m totally fired up that the Obama administration relaxed travel, trade, and diplomatic restrictions on Cuba last week. Removing the US embargo will not raise up Cuban people’s lives as much as we hope without the Cuban regime, for its part, embracing more […]