Author: Andy Uhler

Dr. Sheila Olmstead On Prop 6

In November 2013, voters from around Texas overwhelmingly approved a referendum that would allocate $2 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization (Rainy Day) Fund to start water projects already included in the Texas Water Development Board’s State Water Plan. Many interested parties, including legislators and environmental groups, believe that the real work lies ahead. Where is this money going to go? And which projects are ultimately going to be funded? Andy Uhler spoke with the LBJ School’s own natural resource economist, Dr. Sheila Olmstead, to discuss the implications of this referendum, in a larger sense, for Texas public policy.  Andy Uhler: I think the...

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Can the Eurozone Be Saved? The World Should Certainly Hope So

The prevailing monetary policy of unremitting austerity throughout Europe, being championed most notably by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was recently put to task by some of the most important minds in international economics at a two-day conference hosted by the LBJ School. LBJ’s own Dr. James Galbraith was instrumental in organizing the conference and bringing economic policy experts, like Stuart Holland, to Austin to debate Europe’s next steps. The Baines Report’s Andy Uhler sat down with Galbraith and Holland to discuss the history of economic policy in Europe as well as some of the lessons learned at the conference....

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SXSW Eco Wrap

Much like the music, film and interactive iterations of the conference, SXSW Eco attempts to bring together like-minded thinkers from just about every corner of a specific realm – this one being the environmental. Now in its third year, the Eco conference seems to be making the transition from a platform for innovators to get together and discuss the future of conservation and sustainability to a place where those with a subtle or even undisclosed environmental sense can collaborate in an effort to make a profit through “greening up” their businesses. This year, likely due to a growing number...

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Podcast Interview with New Strauss Center Director Bobby Chesney

Host Andy Uhler interviews the incoming director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Law professor Bobby Chesney. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true”...

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Senator Ted Cruz Opens Tx Tribune Fest

The AT&T Conference Center on the UT Campus was packed to the gills Friday evening for the first keynote speaker of the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival: US Senator Ted Cruz. There was a line of more than 50 pissed-off donors, patrons, students, and at least one journalist waiting to get into the conference room in which Cruz was speaking to Tribune CEO/Editor-in-Chief, Evan Smith. In fact, Cruz couldn’t even make it into the room – he was stuck in Washington to, in his words, help the public acknowledge, “all of the Americans who are suffering because of Obamacare” and...

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