Houston Mayor To Unveil City Budget Today

Houston Mayor Annise Parker will reveal her proposed budget for the city later today. Laurie Johnson reports.

The mayor has been working on a leaner budget for months now, looking for ways to cut an additional $75 million from city spending after about $200 million in cuts from last year’s budget.

Parker says last year was austere and this year is painful.

“Painful is probably an adequate word for those folks who have lost their jobs. It’s painful and it is restrictive because there are — it takes us down to bare bones.”

Parker would not elaborate on what her budget will include and what will be cut. She plans to announce details at a 12:30 press conference at City Hall. Houston councilmembers have two weeks to review the budget and offer amendments.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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