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Full Show: Same-Sex Benefits Case, Pothole Repair, And Writer Justin Cronin (Feb. 22, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: A lawsuit over same-sex benefits is thrown out. We learn about the mayor's pothole program. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the news. And Justin Cronin discusses his series of vampire novels.


Texas Teachers’ Pay Is Average, But Their Pensions Are Among The Lowest In The Country

Posted on · Benefits for Texas teachers have been a point of contention between educators and lawmakers for years — and often a hot topic at the Legislature. But where does Texas fall nationally when it comes to teacher pay, health care and retirement benefits?

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With a Pension Plan Decided, How Does Houston Sell It to the Legislature?

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago (Oct. 26, 2016), the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner's proposal to reform the city's pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the […]

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The Trickle-Down Effects of Same-Sex Marriage — From the Economy to Corporate Benefits to Estate Planning

Posted on · Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, effectively declaring it legal in all 50 states. The economic impact of same-sex marriage on families and the community at large goes far beyond the day of "I do," says LGBT scholar Lee Badgett from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and […]

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What Are Your Rights at Work Regarding Taking Time off For Pregnancies or Medical Issues?

Posted on · Last month the Supreme Court heard a case, Young v. United Parcel Service, where the court ruled in favor of a pregnant delivery woman who’d requested accommodation for her workday. The court ended up agreeing, saying her pregnancy put her in a "protected class," and that as long as other workers who were injured were […]

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What’s the Best Way to Help the Unemployed?

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the challenge of determining how best to help long-term unemployed Houstonians and seek to understand what happens to someone out of work for a […]

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Statewide Look at the Affordable Care Act

Posted on · In our fourth installment of the Affordable Care Act implementation, as the October 1st enrollment time nears, Craig Cohen spoke with Texas’ Health and Human Services Director Marjorie Petty. He was also joined by KUHF”S Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel. Our previous installments: http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/08/29/demystifying-the-affordable-care-act-for-houstonians http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/09/05/the-affordable-care-act-for-those-houstonians-who-are-self-employed-and-unemployed http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/09/12/navigating-health-care-options-for-the-affordable-care-act-in-houston