The city of Austin is home to crushing property taxes, a massive budget, and an enormous debt. These are all warning signs that the city's finances are headed over a fiscal cliff. Rather than sit idly by, Austinites are fighting to better understand the city's many problems and come up with tailor-made solutions. The high court would do well to let this process unfold as intended so that residents can better hold their city government accountable.
Without this stay, Austin business owners would be forced to incur significant costs implementing the requirements of the ordinance while its legality was in serious doubt. Leave policies are best negotiated between employer and employee without the imposition of a one-size-fits-all mandate from the city that may not be in either party's best interests. The order was correct in preserving the status quo and ensuring that the legality of the ordinance may be addressed first in the court before businesses are forced to comply