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

Was Jeff Davis Avenue named after a different Jefferson Davis?
 Pop quiz: Jeff Davis was ________________________. (a) A populist governor and U.S. Senator from Arkansas in the early 1900s. (b) A comedian on the TV show “Whose line is it anyway?” (c) The first and only president of the Confederacy. (d) An artist who creates mementos out of old vinyl records. OK, technically all four of those...

Posted: 2 hours ago

Pop quiz: Jeff Davis was ________________________. (a) A populist governor and U.S. Senator from Arkansas in the early 1900s. (b) A comedian on the TV show “Whose line is it anyway?” (c) The first and only president of the Confederacy. (d) An artist who creates mementos out of old vinyl records. OK, technically all four of those...
Why Austin isn’t getting as much affordable housing money as you might think
 Facing an urgent need to fund more affordable housing in Austin, the City Council set its sights on some tax dollars it figured
            no one would miss. New tax dollars. Specifically, the shiny new tax revenue that materializes when government-owned land, which doesn’t pay property taxes, becomes
            private housing...

Posted: a day ago

Facing an urgent need to fund more affordable housing in Austin, the City Council set its sights on some tax dollars it figured no one would miss. New tax dollars. Specifically, the shiny new tax revenue that materializes when government-owned land, which doesn’t pay property taxes, becomes private housing...
Yes, Austin, your taxes are rising (and more to come)
 Lately I’ve been feeling like a grad student at III Forks. The menu looks great. I’m just not sure I can afford it. Officials have recently unveiled several ambitious proposals befitting Austin’s progressive reputation. 
            
               A modern transit system
            
            , possibly with light rail...

Posted: 19 days ago

Lately I’ve been feeling like a grad student at III Forks. The menu looks great. I’m just not sure I can afford it. Officials have recently unveiled several ambitious proposals befitting Austin’s progressive reputation. A modern transit system , possibly with light rail...
Grumet: Why Travis County wants to build a kinder, gentler jail
 Should a jail stay come with cushioned seats? Lost in the recent debate over a proposed $97 million women’s jail facility — which Travis County commissioners shelved for at least a year while they take stock of various jail diversion programs — was a surprising vision for what life in lockup could look like. Picture...

Posted: 26 days ago

Should a jail stay come with cushioned seats? Lost in the recent debate over a proposed $97 million women’s jail facility — which Travis County commissioners shelved for at least a year while they take stock of various jail diversion programs — was a surprising vision for what life in lockup could look like. Picture...
Viewpoints: Race, Russian bots and the angst around #AustinBombings
 Five bombings in the past three weeks
            
            , with two dead, four injured and the culprit still at large, is plenty to put all of Austin on edge. But another incendiary
               layer to this saga is playing out on social media. The hashtag #AustinBombings has been trending on Twitter in part because of all of the...

1:53 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Five bombings in the past three weeks , with two dead, four injured and the culprit still at large, is plenty to put all of Austin on edge. But another incendiary layer to this saga is playing out on social media. The hashtag #AustinBombings has been trending on Twitter in part because of all of the...
So when will we actually get those records on Austin’s city manager search?
 Now that 
            the attorney general’s office has spoken, is the public records fight about Austin’s city manager search over? We’re still waiting for official word from the city of Austin in light of 
            this week’s AG opinion, which said the city cannot stretch the competitive bidding exemptions to...

1:27 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Now that the attorney general’s office has spoken, is the public records fight about Austin’s city manager search over? We’re still waiting for official word from the city of Austin in light of this week’s AG opinion, which said the city cannot stretch the competitive bidding exemptions to...
New solar contract tips the scales on Austin Energy’s renewable efforts
 Austin Energy this week continued its solar power buying spree with a deal on a major new facility in West Texas that represents two milestones for the utility. Under the deal approved Thursday by the City Council, the utility will buy the solar power produced by a 150-megawatt facility to be built by Intersect Power. Austin Energy would...

9:36 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Austin Energy this week continued its solar power buying spree with a deal on a major new facility in West Texas that represents two milestones for the utility. Under the deal approved Thursday by the City Council, the utility will buy the solar power produced by a 150-megawatt facility to be built by Intersect Power. Austin Energy would...
On the list of global ‘doers who defined 2017’: Austin Mayor Steve Adler
 Among the global game-changing figures of 2017 — the San Juan mayor who spoke fiercely about the dire conditions in Puerto
            Rico after Hurricane Maria, the reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the activists fighting against corruption
            in Brazil and for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and gay...

4:50 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Among the global game-changing figures of 2017 — the San Juan mayor who spoke fiercely about the dire conditions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the activists fighting against corruption in Brazil and for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and gay...