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From HERO to Term Limits: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as mayor of Houston: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to […]

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Mayor Annise Parker Fields Your Questions: Friday’s Show (Aug. 7, 2015)

Posted on · Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as mayor of Houston: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to […]

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Houston’s New Special Advisor: We Can End Human Trafficking

Posted on · It’s no secret that Houston is a hub for human trafficking – so much so that, about a year ago, the City of Houston established the Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force to combat this issue. Then, last month, Mayor Annise Parker went one step further by appointing the city’s first human trafficking advisor, Minal Patel […]

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Mayor Calls for Changes to the City’s Revenue Cap

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property tax […]

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Houston’s Revenue Cap and Cameron Esposito: Friday’s show (July 17, 2015)

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property tax […]

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City Faces Lawsuits Over Post Oak Bus Lanes and Drainage Fee

Posted on · Earlier this month, a homeowner’s association filed a lawsuit against METRO, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. The Cosmopolitan Condominium Association alleges the transportation agency isn’t complying with a 2003 referendum voters passed in favor of adding light rail to Post Oak Boulevard. The suit alleges METRO running bus lanes along Post Oak puts […]

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How Effective Have Ethics Regulations Been at City Hall?

Posted on · Late Wednesday night (6/17/15), the Houston City Council approved a $5.1 billion budget for FY ’16. It came after hours of wide-ranging discussions about ongoing union talks, deed restrictions, and a number of amendments. It was a long night for City Hall reporters too — the Houston Chronicle’s Mike Morris among them. Nevertheless, he joins us […]

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Battle Over State v. Local Control Traces All the Way Back to the Magna Carta

Posted on · We’ve seen friction lately between local leaders and the State of Texas over regulatory authority to address issues like non-discrimination and app-based paid ride services. When Houston Mayor Annise Parker appeared on Houston Matters last month, she said a series of what she called “pre-emption bills” represented a shift in thinking in Austin. Stephen Koch […]

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A Closer Look at Mayor Parker’s $5.1 Budget Budget Proposal

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. We talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape a mayoral race whose candidates have […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker’s administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]