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Former Mayoral Candidate Bill King Takes Issue With Potential Pension Reform Deal

Posted on · The Houston City Council this morning (Oct. 26, 2016) passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over 30 years. This, after the firefighters’ pension board Monday agreed to the plan which will, among other measures, lower the assumed […]

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Dueling Visions On How to Solve Houston’s Pension Problems

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has thus far insisted that however the city’s pension woes are resolved won’t include changing from a defined benefits to a defined compensation system. We explore the differences between the two structures. We also consider what each means for city employees and why the mayor and the city’s three pension boards […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

City Budget Passes and Houston Drinks More Than Chicago: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright 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 edition, we discuss: The […]

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Talk to the Mayor: Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Upon taking office in January, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s first action was to establish a new policy in hopes of better addressing Houston’s ongoing pothole challenges. He has also begun a full-scale review of the city’s budget. Of course, those efforts represent just some of the responsibilities of being the mayor of America’s fourth-largest city. We […]

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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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City Hall, Synthetic Drugs & Lacrosse: Thursday’s Show (June 18, 2015)

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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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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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 a […]