Nice try

A troubled Dallas anti-poverty agency's end-run around state regulators goes nowhere

With the cuts, the agency appears to have been trying to strengthen its legal argument that the state's new reimbursement method was akin to cutting its funding altogether. That's what it argued when it went to federal court.

In that light, the shuttering of the centers may have been akin to the closing of the Washington Monument when the federal budget runs low--a showy move meant to augment the appearance of a crisis.

But with the federal judge stuffing their latest maneuver, Sims and company are likely to have even a harder time making the state out to be the enemy of the poor, when the real problems are within.

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