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State of the City 2022 - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

State Of The City: A Recap Of The Mayor’s Speech

Summary Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered his final State Of The City Address last week. Action Box Click the badge above to learn more about Finding Home ATX & how to support it. Mayor Adler highlighted this initiative (aimed at housing 3,000 people in the

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2022 Budget - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What The City’s New Budget Could Mean For You

Summary Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk just released a draft version of the city’s $5 billion budget for next year. Council will now take public testimony & make changes before approving the final version in August. Action Box Tell City Council what you think of

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Episode 29
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Should Austin Decriminalize Marijuana? (Episode 29)

We’re back with another election episode! In this week’s episode, Austin Common Radio Hour host Amy Stansbury talks with Julie Oliver (of Ground Game Texas) about Prop A, which if passed, would effectively decriminalize marijuana in Austin and ban no-knock warrants by police. Don’t forget

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Climate Action - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Who’s In Charge Here? Climate Action In Austin

Summary Cities have a big role to play in solving the climate crisis. Here in Austin, we have a Climate Equity Plan to guide emission reductions. Action Box Sign up for our climate-focused Civic Power up challenge (How To Save The World… Starting With Austin)

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Democratic Primary - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

If You’re Voting In The Travis County Democratic Primary…

Summary The Travis County Democratic primary election includes important races on the national, state, and local level. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! Early voting begins on February 14th & Election Day is March 1st. You can find polling location info at VoteTravis.com. Primaries are important.

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Civically Engaged - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

9 Ways To Be More Civically Engaged In 2022

Summary We’ve put together a list of 9 simple ways you can get more involved in local government in Austin in 2022. Action Box Get more involved in your local community in 2022 by pledging to do 1 (or all 9) of the things on

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