Bridget Grumet

Editorial writer & columnist

Bridget Grumet writes opinion pieces and editorials for the Austin American-Statesman. Before joining the editorial board in 2018, she directed the Statesman's local news coverage and led the urban affairs team that covers Austin City Hall and transportation. She grew up in Albuquerque, NM, earned her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and studied public policy at Penn State. Before moving to Austin, she worked as a local government reporter and news editor at the Tampa Bay Times.

Latest from Bridget Grumet

Grumet: Klan painting may not shock. But it forces a reckoning.
 It’s a sad fact that Vincent Valdez’s “The City” has a diminished power to shock in the America we know today. But the unsettling painting, unveiled this week at the Blanton Museum of Art, still provides an opportunity to pause, reflect and continue our country’s dialogue on race, hopefully from a place of greater...

Posted: 14 hours ago

It’s a sad fact that Vincent Valdez’s “The City” has a diminished power to shock in the America we know today. But the unsettling painting, unveiled this week at the Blanton Museum of Art, still provides an opportunity to pause, reflect and continue our country’s dialogue on race, hopefully from a place of greater...
Grumet: Did Austinites really buy into the city’s plastic bag ban?
 While H-E-B and other retailers consider 
               whether to bring back disposable plastic bags, I’ve heard some interesting discussions about how much Austinites actually supported the city’s 
               recently nullified plastic bag ban. That’s because plastic bags didn’t entirely go away. Remember, Austin&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

While H-E-B and other retailers consider whether to bring back disposable plastic bags, I’ve heard some interesting discussions about how much Austinites actually supported the city’s recently nullified plastic bag ban. That’s because plastic bags didn’t entirely go away. Remember, Austin&rsquo...
Sorry, city employees. Your second job is our business.
 I hate to say it, but if you’re a stickler for privacy, a government job isn’t for you. For starters, your salary is a matter of public record. In fact, most people could find it with just a few keystrokes if you’re
               among the hundreds of thousands of public employees in 
            
            
        ...

Posted: 10 days ago

I hate to say it, but if you’re a stickler for privacy, a government job isn’t for you. For starters, your salary is a matter of public record. In fact, most people could find it with just a few keystrokes if you’re among the hundreds of thousands of public employees in ...
Grumet: How Waller Creek tax dollars could help the homeless
 The artistic renderings for the chain of parks planned along Waller Creek airbrush over an uncomfortable fact: The homeless people who currently live on the banks of the waterway are quite literally out of the picture. What will happen to them when this long-neglected creek becomes Austin’s prized urban oasis? When the Austin...

Posted: 16 days ago

The artistic renderings for the chain of parks planned along Waller Creek airbrush over an uncomfortable fact: The homeless people who currently live on the banks of the waterway are quite literally out of the picture. What will happen to them when this long-neglected creek becomes Austin’s prized urban oasis? When the Austin...
Grumet: Austin should look to LA, where the MLS team pays property taxes
 I recently noted that 
            property-tax free stadiums tend to be the norm in the professional sports world, and we know that Precourt Sports Ventures 
            wants just such a property tax-free deal in Austin. 
            If Austin moves forward today with negotiating a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place, however,...

Posted: 21 days ago

I recently noted that property-tax free stadiums tend to be the norm in the professional sports world, and we know that Precourt Sports Ventures wants just such a property tax-free deal in Austin. If Austin moves forward today with negotiating a Major League Soccer stadium at McKalla Place, however,...
Grumet: What would Austin soccer stadium pay if it paid property taxes?
 Financially speaking, it’s the biggest unknown in the proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium site at McKalla Place: How
            much property tax revenue would the city forfeit if the stadium was kept off the tax rolls? Michael J. Gaudini, a policy advisor with Council Member Leslie Pool’s office, fired up Excel and calculated...

Posted: 22 days ago

Financially speaking, it’s the biggest unknown in the proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium site at McKalla Place: How much property tax revenue would the city forfeit if the stadium was kept off the tax rolls? Michael J. Gaudini, a policy advisor with Council Member Leslie Pool’s office, fired up Excel and calculated...
Grumet: Austin’s MLS stadium numbers aren’t as strong as they look
 If you’re a city looking to bring some fancy new thing to town — like, say, a Major League Soccer franchise — there’s basically one way to make money. You’ve got to bring in new dollars. New spending, by people who otherwise wouldn’t be here. I’d be happy to see the Columbus Crew SC come to Austin...

Posted: 27 days ago

If you’re a city looking to bring some fancy new thing to town — like, say, a Major League Soccer franchise — there’s basically one way to make money. You’ve got to bring in new dollars. New spending, by people who otherwise wouldn’t be here. I’d be happy to see the Columbus Crew SC come to Austin...
Grumet: Who’d want part-time MLS stadium jobs? You’d be surprised
 You may have noticed Austin’s economy is pretty awesome. “You’re rock stars in the world of employment,” David Schein, a business school professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston told me, referring to our 2.8 percent unemployment rate. “Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, the rest of the center of the country...

Posted: 28 days ago

You may have noticed Austin’s economy is pretty awesome. “You’re rock stars in the world of employment,” David Schein, a business school professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston told me, referring to our 2.8 percent unemployment rate. “Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, the rest of the center of the country...
Grumet: Austin’s MLS stadium numbers aren’t as strong as they look
 If you’re a city looking to bring some fancy new thing to town — like, say, a Major League Soccer franchise — there’s basically one way to make money. You’ve got to bring in new dollars. New spending, by people who otherwise wouldn’t be here. I’d be happy to see the Columbus Crew SC come to Austin...

5:16 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

If you’re a city looking to bring some fancy new thing to town — like, say, a Major League Soccer franchise — there’s basically one way to make money. You’ve got to bring in new dollars. New spending, by people who otherwise wouldn’t be here. I’d be happy to see the Columbus Crew SC come to Austin...
Grumet: City Council could do a lot of good with a little tax break
 You know it’s coming. Your property tax bill next year will be worse than this year’s. But tune in on Thursday: The Austin City Council could make it hurt a little less. Council Member Ellen Troxclair has a proposal to increase the homestead exemption to 10 percent. Austin’s current homestead exemption knocks 8 percent off...

7:18 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

You know it’s coming. Your property tax bill next year will be worse than this year’s. But tune in on Thursday: The Austin City Council could make it hurt a little less. Council Member Ellen Troxclair has a proposal to increase the homestead exemption to 10 percent. Austin’s current homestead exemption knocks 8 percent off...
Grumet: City Council could do a lot of good with a little tax break
 You know it’s coming. Your property tax bill next year will be worse than this year’s. But tune in on Thursday: The Austin City Council could make it hurt a little less. Council Member Ellen Troxclair has a proposal to increase the homestead exemption to 10 percent. Austin’s current homestead exemption knocks 8 percent off...

5:24 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

You know it’s coming. Your property tax bill next year will be worse than this year’s. But tune in on Thursday: The Austin City Council could make it hurt a little less. Council Member Ellen Troxclair has a proposal to increase the homestead exemption to 10 percent. Austin’s current homestead exemption knocks 8 percent off...