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Houston’s Budget Is Balanced For Now, But What About The Future?

City Controller Chris Brown talks about the state of Houston’s finances

Houston City Controller Chris Brown has often sounded the alarm bell about the city’s finances since his election in 2015

In a session that got heated at times, the Houston City Council this week passed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The $4.9 billion budget closes a $114 million shortfall but leaves challenges for the future.

While Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration secured pension reform to address the more than $8 billion in unfunded liabilities for the firefighters pension fund, the next challenge is retirees’ health benefits.

City Controller Chris Brown, the city’s elected chief financial officer, discusses the state of Houston’s finances.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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