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No time for transparency

ElPasoSpeak - 2 hours 8 min ago

We wrote Checking your work two weeks ago and pointed out that the Sun Metro web site was not showing their Mass Transit Board’s agendas or minutes.

The Mass Transit Board is composed entirely of city council members.

As of today the problem still has not been fixed.

We know as a fact that members of city council read this blog.  Have they ignored the problem or are they trying to hide something?

Would someone be kind enough to call Sun Metro?  They list 915/212-3333 as their phone number.

We deserve better

Brutus


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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - 2 hours 12 min ago
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RumpToon No: 5

El Paso News Organization - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 10:00pm
Here is RumpToon number 5. Enjoy!
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 6:11pm
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 6:52am
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A tax increase for the refinery?

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 5:30am

Dan Wever brings up an interesting point:

Something I do not understand.  Looking through some old records I have, I found that the EPISD paid Western Refining Company  $5,432,688.29 in June of 2013.  This was a payment that a lawsuit Western Refining won required the EPISD to pay back taxes that had been collected for them.    I tried to find out the whole story in the newspapers but only found that is 2014 the company was evaluated at 1.8 billion and the company said that this was way out of line and was suing again.  Then last week we were told the company had been sold for 6.4 Billion.  I wonder just how much tax money was lost because of the court and appraisal people’s inability to evaluate this company’s proper tax rate.    All of the taxing entities should go back to court and try and get their millions of dollars back that they  had to repay since 2008.  Also, we should look at the payments to the Company in Austin that does this type of appraisal and try to get our money back, something like $340,000 a year.  What am I missing on this deal? ********************************************* Western owned several refineries and many operations.  Tesoro paid $6.4 billion for more than just the El Paso Refinery.  The deal undoubtedly also included compensation for future profits. I doubt that any of the taxing entities will be able to re-open the old lawsuit.  It has been settled.

That having been said we should hope that there is a way to look under the covers of this deal between two publicly traded companies.  The corporate lawyers and accountants have probably done a good job of combining the numbers so that it will be hard to tell what they valued the El Paso refinery at.  Then again they may have slipped up.

Any increase in taxable value of the refinery will probably only benefit the taxing entities in future years.

In A dollar here, a dollar there we wrote about a current school board member’s inability to do some simple arithmetic.  She had written that an increase in the refinery’s value from $280 million to over a billion dollars was “about a 200% increase”.

We deserve better

Brutus


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US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 12:40am
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Can the Democrats Move Right?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:05pm
Can the Democrats Move Right?

It?s a hard ask, but harder truths are what the buckling Democratic Party needs.
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:05pm
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DREAMers

Max Powers - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:26am
If I have a message for DREAMers, it is do not pin your hopes on assholes in suits and pant suits. Protecting #Immigrants #dreamers #latinxgive https://t.co/5TuGr0JBwS — Cesar Blanco (@CesarJBlanco) November 29, 2016 You might not be able to get a job, BUT there is nothing stopping you from creating... Max Powers
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:16am
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City debt

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:00am

I guess that I should be proud to be thinking similarly to Rich Write over at elchuqueno.com,  The link should take you to an article he posted on November 28, 2016.  The post below was written on November 26 but was not scheduled to be posted until today:

The Texas comptroller keeps track of each city’s debt.

This clip came from the comptroller’s web site last week:

It tells us that from 2005 to 2014 our per capita debt increased by 83.9%.

Quality of life bonds

We probably should expect that with the $470 million or so of quality of life bonds that we approved.

Except:

The comptroller’s analysis shows the quality of life bonds substantially unissued.

We deserve better

Brutus

 


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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:12am
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Immigration Project: Where Are the Mexicans?

El Paso News Organization - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:00pm
(Note: This post was updated on December 2, 2016 at 07:39ET by adding a not about the ranking of Federal aid to states.) This project is about correlating the immigration populations in the United...
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Planned Gift Contact Form

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:08pm
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The DACA Pardon Issue is Finally Laid to Rest

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:08pm
The DACA Pardon Issue is Finally Laid to Rest

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Connecticut Governor Threatens to Sue Federal Government to Preserve Sanctuary Cities

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:08pm
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EOIR Takes a Small Step in the Right Direction to Cut Backlog

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:05pm
EOIR Takes a Small Step in the Right Direction to Cut Backlog


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Sanctuary Cities Must Cooperate With Federal Enforcement

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:05pm
Sanctuary Cities Must Cooperate With Federal Enforcement


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Foreign Shepherds Get a Small Break in the Courts

US Immigration Reform Forum - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:05pm
Foreign Shepherds Get a Small Break in the Courts


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