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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 […]

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From Uber to the HERO Trial: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Friday’s Show (April 10, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Potential Changes To Houston City Charter Would Be Most Consequential In Decades

Posted on · Houston's City Council is considering changes to the City Charter. Term limits and how the Council's meetings operate are among the items being examined. The committee of Council members looking at Charter changes also has mulled over removing the city's revenue cap. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the process involved in seeking […]

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Who Might Run for Mayor of Houston?

Posted on · While D.C. watchers salivate over the developing 2016 Presidential campaign, Houstonians engaged in city politics are keeping an eye out for signals as to who might make a run in November to replace outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker next year. So, we discuss the likely candidates, and what they may bring to the table. We […]

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What’s in Store for the Houston City Council in 2015?

Posted on · Last year, Houston’s City Council tackled some challenging issues, including passage of an equal rights ordinance, and folding app-based paid ride services into rules governing transportation in the city. We discuss what’s in store for the Houston City Council in 2015 with reporter Mike Morris, who covers City Hall for the Houston Chronicle.

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Remembering Houston’s ‘Mayor Bob’

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Affectionately known as “Mayor Bob,” Lanier served as mayor from 1992 to 1998. He’s being remembered today as one of the most popular leaders in Houston’s history. Former President George H.W. Bush said Saturday Lanier’s leadership “helped lay the foundation” for a […]

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From HERO to Buffalo Bayou: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on this edition of Houston Matters. Mayor Parker last joined us back in March. Since then, the Mayor and City Council have been busy. Council passed a $5.2 billion budget, as well as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (currently being challenged in court), and revised […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 3, 2014

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on this edition of Houston Matters. Mayor Parker last joined us back in March. Since then, the Mayor and City Council have been busy. Council passed a $5.2 billion budget, as well as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (currently being challenged in court), and revised […]

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Sermon Subpoenas Withdrawn & Red Light Cameras: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some good, some bad, some 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. On this week’s panel: Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle; […]