Austin Interfaith Fights for Wage Raises & More in City Budget

Denouncing the proposed City of Austin budget for not going far enough to pay its part-time, temporary workers well and to provide essential services to low and middle income families, eighty Austin Interfaith leaders descended on City Hall to urge the Council to prioritize the concerns of residents. Five city council members (Garza, Casar, Pool, Kitchen and Tovo) participated in an afternoon press conference in support of Austin Interfaith's budget priorities.

Later that night, one dozen leaders spoke in support of specific priorities including a wage increase to $13.03 for all adult city employees, including part-time temporary workers; investment in Capital IDEA training; after-school programming; investments in branch libraries; improved park facilities and more.

The final vote is scheduled in early September.

Religious Leaders Speak out on City Budget, Time Warner Cable

Night Moves, Austin Chronicle

Minorities, Low Income Residents Top Budget Amendment Requests, Austin Monitor

Luckless at Capitol, Wage Advocates Take Fight Local, Texas Tribune