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Full Show: Firefighter Pay, and Texas’ Relationship With The Feds (July 17, 2017)

Houston firefighters want to be paid on par with police officers and have collected signatures to get the issue placed on the November ballot. Houston Matters hears from both sides of the issue.


Houston firefighters want to be paid on par with Houston police officers, and their union wants voters to decide on the issue in November. The union announced Monday morning that they have gathered more than 30,000 validated signatures to allow them to petition the city that parity pay item is placed on November ballot.

On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we hear from two sides on the issue: Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA), and Houston City Attorney Ron Lewis.

Also this hour: Former state District Judge Ryan Patrick has just been tapped to be the new U.S. attorney nominee for the Houston region. Patrick joins several other former state officials in the federal government, including former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. President Trump recently nominated Combs to serve in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Former Governor Rick Perry and Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison have also moved on to Washington.

But the state's relationship with the federal government has been, at times, contentious. As we head into the special session of the legislature this week, Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to make local control a primary issue. So, on today’s edition of Houston Matters, how do we explain this complicated relationship between Texas and the federal government? Are we a country divided or a state divided? Could these recent appointments to the Trump administration help, or hurt, Texans?

Plus: Dr. Ruhi Soni answers your eye care questions, and we discuss the latest in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.

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