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Your Questions for Mayor Sylvester Turner: Friday’s Show (September 30, 2016)

Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years. The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says […]

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo/Illustration: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media.Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years.

The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says is the current national trend for pension systems.

MORE: A Closer Look At Mayor Turner’s Pension Reform Plan

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss that plan, the mayor’s trade mission to Cuba this week — and anything else you’d like to know.

E-mail your questions for the mayor now to talk@houstonmatters.org or call in starting at noon to 713-440-8870. Any and all questions are welcome.

Also this hour…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Houston News

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today: panelists Natalie Arceneaux, Ernie Manouse and Marcus Davis discuss the EPA’s plan to remove contaminated material at the San Jacinto Waste Pits, a Harris County superfund site first discovered in 2005. They also talk about the Justice Department’s civil rights lawsuit against the owners of 360 Midtown, formerly Gaslamp, accusing them of discriminating against people of color.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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