Philip Jankowski

City Hall reporter

Philip Jankowski covers Austin City Hall for the Austin American-Statesman. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Journalism and has worked for newspapers in Central Texas since. Philip joined the American-Statesman in 2013. Previously he covered breaking news and public safety for the Statesman. He is the winner of the 2016 Michael Brick Award for Storytelling.

Latest from Philip Jankowski

Did backers of city audit proposition skirt ‘dark money’ restrictions?
 The political action committee behind a ballot proposition that calls for an independent efficiency audit of Austin City Hall might have broken local campaign finance laws by shielding the identities of its donors, according to city officials. In the sole campaign finance report it filed with the city, Citizens for an Accountable Austin showed...

Posted: 2 days ago

The political action committee behind a ballot proposition that calls for an independent efficiency audit of Austin City Hall might have broken local campaign finance laws by shielding the identities of its donors, according to city officials. In the sole campaign finance report it filed with the city, Citizens for an Accountable Austin showed...
While paid sick leave mandate on hold, city marches on
 Even though a court order has placed Austin’s citywide paid sick leave mandate on hold, the city on Tuesday signalled that it is still moving forward to provide sick days to all of its employees. Leading up to the approval of Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance in February, the fact that the city did not provide paid sick leave...

Posted: 6 days ago

Even though a court order has placed Austin’s citywide paid sick leave mandate on hold, the city on Tuesday signalled that it is still moving forward to provide sick days to all of its employees. Leading up to the approval of Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance in February, the fact that the city did not provide paid sick leave...
Activists push anti-displacement earmark on eve of city budget talks
 As budget week kicked off Monday at Austin City Hall, a group of activists called for the City Council to fund their plan to fight off gentrification in the eastern part of the city. Despite its proposed $58.3 million sticker price, the People’s Anti-Displacement Program would add no new spending to the city’s budget or take away...

Posted: 7 days ago

As budget week kicked off Monday at Austin City Hall, a group of activists called for the City Council to fund their plan to fight off gentrification in the eastern part of the city. Despite its proposed $58.3 million sticker price, the People’s Anti-Displacement Program would add no new spending to the city’s budget or take away...
District 1 candidates face-off in election forum
 Austin City Council candidates for District 1 sought to distinguish themselves from a crowded field during the city’s candidate forum Thursday. But given the short amount of time allotted for each answer and the large number of candidates, it proved difficult. Several of them were often cut off mid-answer by a no-excuses time keeper...

Posted: 11 days ago

Austin City Council candidates for District 1 sought to distinguish themselves from a crowded field during the city’s candidate forum Thursday. But given the short amount of time allotted for each answer and the large number of candidates, it proved difficult. Several of them were often cut off mid-answer by a no-excuses time keeper...
Austin weighs response to injunction against paid sick leave ordinance
 The city of Austin on Thursday filed an appellate briefing as part of the ongoing fight over the city’s controversial paid sick leave mandate. It was unclear Friday whether the city would appeal a temporary injunction against the ordinance to the Texas Supreme Court. On Thursday evening, the city’s legal team finalized a briefing...

Posted: 11 days ago

The city of Austin on Thursday filed an appellate briefing as part of the ongoing fight over the city’s controversial paid sick leave mandate. It was unclear Friday whether the city would appeal a temporary injunction against the ordinance to the Texas Supreme Court. On Thursday evening, the city’s legal team finalized a briefing...
Austin will appeal injunction to paid sick leave ordinance
 The city of Austin will appeal an injunction to the city’s controversial paid sick leave mandate to the Texas Supreme Court. On Thursday, the city’s legal team was finalizing the appeal to an earlier ruling by a panel of judges who halted the implementation of an ordinance that would have required nearly all Austin employers to...

Posted: 12 days ago

The city of Austin will appeal an injunction to the city’s controversial paid sick leave mandate to the Texas Supreme Court. On Thursday, the city’s legal team was finalizing the appeal to an earlier ruling by a panel of judges who halted the implementation of an ordinance that would have required nearly all Austin employers to...
Council approves resolution that could end city’s ties to Southwest Key
 The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution that could sever the city’s ties with the Austin-based nonprofit Southwest Key. The resolution calls for the city manager to halt any financial support for organizations involved in the separation of immigrant children from their families. It also directs the city to review any...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved a resolution that could sever the city’s ties with the Austin-based nonprofit Southwest Key. The resolution calls for the city manager to halt any financial support for organizations involved in the separation of immigrant children from their families. It also directs the city to review any...
UPDATE: With hands tied, City Council approves controversial appointee
 3:35 p.m. update: With their hands tied by federal law, the Austin City Council has approved the appointment of activist Fred McGhee to the city’s Community Development Commission despite reservations over comments McGhee has previously made that were interpreted as sexist. McGhee, who often speaks on housing matters and matters related...

Posted: 19 days ago

3:35 p.m. update: With their hands tied by federal law, the Austin City Council has approved the appointment of activist Fred McGhee to the city’s Community Development Commission despite reservations over comments McGhee has previously made that were interpreted as sexist. McGhee, who often speaks on housing matters and matters related...
Texas Supreme Court rejects challenges to local ballot language
 The Texas Supreme Court on Monday denied calls for changing ballot language on a pair of petition ordinances that will be considered by Austin voters come November. The court unanimously rejected a challenge related to the CodeNext petition ordinance, which calls for elections regarding comprehensive changes to Austin’s land-use code...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Texas Supreme Court on Monday denied calls for changing ballot language on a pair of petition ordinances that will be considered by Austin voters come November. The court unanimously rejected a challenge related to the CodeNext petition ordinance, which calls for elections regarding comprehensive changes to Austin’s land-use code...
Texas Supreme Court rejects calls for new ballot language
 The Texas Supreme Court issued a denial Monday to petitions that called on the court to order the Austin City Council to change ballot language on initiative elections for items calling for voter approval of the now-dead CodeNext and an audit of government efficiency at City Hall. The court’s order appears to put an end to challenges...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Texas Supreme Court issued a denial Monday to petitions that called on the court to order the Austin City Council to change ballot language on initiative elections for items calling for voter approval of the now-dead CodeNext and an audit of government efficiency at City Hall. The court’s order appears to put an end to challenges...
City Council revives effort to raise density bonus fees for developers
 The Austin City Council revived efforts Thursday to increase fees tied to density bonus programs, a move that could steer developers toward building low-income housing. However, the council stopped short of creating an approval process for every density bonus project in which a developer chooses to pay a fee instead of building the additional...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Austin City Council revived efforts Thursday to increase fees tied to density bonus programs, a move that could steer developers toward building low-income housing. However, the council stopped short of creating an approval process for every density bonus project in which a developer chooses to pay a fee instead of building the additional...