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

Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance a first in Texas
 Just before 1 a.m. Friday, the Austin City Council voted in what could be described as the most progressive labor policy for the entire state and possibly the American South. At the behest of Council Member Greg Casar, the council made Austin the first city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, a move that quickly...

Posted: a day ago

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, the Austin City Council voted in what could be described as the most progressive labor policy for the entire state and possibly the American South. At the behest of Council Member Greg Casar, the council made Austin the first city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave, a move that quickly...
Austin primera ciudad texana en exigir licencia pagada por enfermedad
 El concejo de Austin votó el viernes en la madrugada para hacer que sea obligatorio para todos los empleadores no gubernamentales ofrecer licencia pagada por enfermedad, lo cual hace que Austin sea la primera ciudad de Texas en regular licencia pagada por enfermedad. El muy anticipado voto tuvo lugar después de que má...

Posted: a day ago

El concejo de Austin votó el viernes en la madrugada para hacer que sea obligatorio para todos los empleadores no gubernamentales ofrecer licencia pagada por enfermedad, lo cual hace que Austin sea la primera ciudad de Texas en regular licencia pagada por enfermedad. El muy anticipado voto tuvo lugar después de que má...
Austin becomes 1st city in Texas to mandate paid sick leave
 The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council...

Posted: a day ago

The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The highly anticipated vote came after more than 200 people testified at City Hall, with a large majority in favor of the ordinance. It passed 9-2 with council...
Debate grows as vote nears on Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance
 A proposed ordinance that would require private employers to give paid sick leave to tens of thousands of Austin workers is garnering national attention as the Austin City Council is poised to take a vote on the issue Thursday. Already state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, and a Koch brothers-backed lobbyist group have vowed to pre-empt any...

Posted: 4 days ago

A proposed ordinance that would require private employers to give paid sick leave to tens of thousands of Austin workers is garnering national attention as the Austin City Council is poised to take a vote on the issue Thursday. Already state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, and a Koch brothers-backed lobbyist group have vowed to pre-empt any...
CodeNext’s third draft returns status quo to neighborhoods
 Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current code allows...

Posted: 5 days ago

Neighborhood advocates can breathe a sigh of relief. The latest draft of CodeNext, released Monday, does not contain the kind of broad upzoning of neighborhoods that the previous draft of the new land development code had. What those neighborhoods now show in the third draft is largely a one-to-one translation of what the current code allows...
Vows made to crush, pass or replace Austin’s sick pay ordinance
 With the Austin City Council looking at a Thursday vote on a proposed ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, efforts ramped up Monday to pass the ordinance or replace it with one that lessens its requirements — all as a state lawmaker vowed to crush any sick pay ordinance. First on Monday came an announcement...

Posted: 5 days ago

With the Austin City Council looking at a Thursday vote on a proposed ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, efforts ramped up Monday to pass the ordinance or replace it with one that lessens its requirements — all as a state lawmaker vowed to crush any sick pay ordinance. First on Monday came an announcement...
Mayor Adler, two Austin City Council members release CodeNext goals
 Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council members Alison Alter and Ann Kitchen dropped a 56-point list of goals for CodeNext Friday night, just days before the city releases its final staff draft of the massive land use code rewrite. The document strikes a somewhat conciliatory tone toward some of the most hot button issues related to the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council members Alison Alter and Ann Kitchen dropped a 56-point list of goals for CodeNext Friday night, just days before the city releases its final staff draft of the massive land use code rewrite. The document strikes a somewhat conciliatory tone toward some of the most hot button issues related to the...
Five things to watch as third CodeNext draft hits inboxes on Monday
 Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...

Posted: 8 days ago

Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...
Five things to watch as third CodeNext draft hits inboxes on Monday
 Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...

Posted: 8 days ago

Developers, urbanists and neighborhood advocates will be glued to their email inboxes Monday waiting for the release of the city’s latest crack at a rewrite of Austin’s entire land use code and zoning map, better known as CodeNext. The third version of CodeNext is due out at 5 p.m. Monday and will be the version that the Austin...
4 Austin City Council members push for affordability in CodeNext

Posted: 9 days ago

Just days before the city of Austin releases the latest draft of its ongoing effort to overhaul the land use code, four Austin City Council members are calling for a code that increases density in hopes of promoting affordability. Council members Greg Casar, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Sabino “Pio” Renteria signed their names...
Vote on mandating sick pay in Austin could face delay
 The Austin City Council on Tuesday took its first crack at an ordinance that would require all private businesses in Austin to provide employees with sick pay, a measure that could become a test of council members’ progressive bona fides. The council is set to vote Feb. 15 on the ordinance, which would mandate that all employees begin...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Austin City Council on Tuesday took its first crack at an ordinance that would require all private businesses in Austin to provide employees with sick pay, a measure that could become a test of council members’ progressive bona fides. The council is set to vote Feb. 15 on the ordinance, which would mandate that all employees begin...