Concerns about plans to build out the Capitol complex have some lawmakers reconsidering the role of public-private partnerships, including changes in state law that could afford Austin neighborhoods some protection from commercial development on state lands.
Public-private partnerships — commonly called P3s — aren’t going away, but powerful legislators are telling Terry Keel, executive director of the Texas Facilities Commission, that the controversial financing option might not be right for the heart of the Capitol complex.
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Laylan Copelin has covered public policy and politics for the American-Statesman for three decades. Focusing on business issues in recent years, he has examined topics including the use of taxpayer incentives for private industry, plans to develop the Capitol complex with private sector projects and the risk of a statewide electricity shortage.
JUST A CUTLINE ALERT!: Be aware that the short stretch of Congress Avenue north of the Capitol (and only that short stretch of Congress) is officially “North Congress Avenue.”