This includes Houston's firefighters, who negotiate salaries and hiring with the city, and pensions with the state. But why is it this way? Houston Matters' Paige Phelps asks Elena Farah, an independent public finance, budgeting and pensions consultant and research associate with the University of Houston's Hobby Center for Public Policy.
Also, we invited Todd Clark, chair of the Houston Firefighter Relief & Retirement Fund, to join us for this discussion, but he declined. However, we do speak with Alvin White, Jr., President of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. He discusses the remaining sticking points for firefighters in the latest round of contract negotiations.