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Local government is important. It’s the branch of government that affects your life the most, and yet, many of us can barely remember the name of our mayor or City Council member. That’s why we break it all down for you in a way that’s clear, easy-to-understand, and even a little fun.  No PhD in poli sci needed!

 

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CARES Act Q&A
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Amy Stansbury

What’s Happening With Federal COVID-19 Relief?

Summary Representative Lloyd Doggett’s office answers our readers questions about federal COVID-19 relief and the CARES Act. About the Author Amy Stansbury is the Editor-In-Chief of The Austin Common. You’ve seen the headlines. Trillions of dollars in federal aid are supposed to be coming our

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Money
Blogs
Hayley Wood

How Does The City Spend Your Money? You Decide.

What is your #1 concern, worry, or fear about Austin and its future?   Wish we were doing more to address climate change? Or to protect families against displacement and gentrification?Think our parks could use a bit more love and support?   It’s August, which

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Money
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

How Should The City Spend Your Money? You Decide.

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

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All In Favor Vote Socks
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Today Is Election Day. Here’s What You Need to Know.

It’s happening! Today is Election Day. That’s right, you now have the chance to help choose the future leaders of our city, state, and country.   Here’s everything you need to know to cast an informed vote:   1. Early voting started on October 22nd and lasts through Friday,

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