How to spend your money. It's one of the most important decisions that City Council makes. Each year, Austin's City Council is responsible for setting a new city budget. This budget impacts everything from the quality of our local parks and libraries, to how much money you pay in...

Frustrated with national politics? Always wanted to get more involved in your local community, but don't know where to start? Have an issue you care about, but don't know how to advocate for it because of our confusing political system? With "A Beginner's Guide To Local Government," you'll be confused...

There's an election going on right now in Austin and after 12 days of early voting, turnout in Travis County is still less than 6 percent! Here's the deal - Elections are important. Most people seem to understand that, but we also tend to forget how important they are when...

Affordability. Gentrification. Traffic. These are some of Austin’s most pressing problems… but how do we fix them? That’s what we’ll be discussing at our July Civics 101 Happy Hour, designed to teach millennials in Austin how to engage with and participate in local government. RSVP today for "Civics 101: Affordability,...

Have something to say to City Council, but can't make it all the way to City Hall for their meetings? The city's Remote/Virtual Citizen Communication program is now available at nine public libraries across the city. Here's how it works: If you have a new idea, opinion, or...

It's that time of year again. The City of Austin is starting its annual budget process and it needs your help. We know that budgets, numbers, and graphs can sound boring, but the city's budget is definitely not something to ignore. It really does affect your...

The Texas Legislature has officially been in session for more than 60 days, which means that now is when the action really begins. During the first 60 days, state lawmakers are allowed to introduce bills, but they can’t vote on most of  them (or hold floor...