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Full Show: Kicking The Budget Can Down The Road, And NASA Scientist Jailed In Turkey (Aug. 11, 2017)

Houston Matters learns about some creative accounting measures lawmakers are using to balance the state budget and the challenges that will create for the next legislature. And we take a closer look at the case of Serkan Golge, a Houstonian imprisoned in Turkey for more than a year.

On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters, we learn about a new report that says state lawmakers are digging themselves an $8 billion financial hole they'll have to dig their way out of in the next regular session in 2019. They're doing so by using several one-time accounting measures to balance the budget the legislature just passed and the governor signed.

Dale Craymer of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association joins us and says that, while such methods aren't anything new in state government, the magnitude of the dollar amount is greater than ever before.

Also this hour: we learn more about the case of Serkan Golge, a researcher for NASA and the University of Houston. He’s been jailed in Turkey for more than a year. Plus, our panel of non-experts weighs in on the good, bad, and ugly of this week’s news. And, on the eve of National Bowling Day (Aug. 12, 2017), we learn how the sport is growing and changing in Houston.

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