United celebrates $2.6 billion redevelopment at Bush Airport, but Houston City Controller has yet to clear project for takeoff

Posted on · Construction for the Terminal B expansion project will not start until the Houston City Council signs off on the city's initial contribution of $150 million, which it cannot do because outgoing city controller Chris Brown has not approved the funding. He says more due diligence is needed.


Houston’s agreement with United Airlines on Bush Airport terminal redevelopment still awaiting approval of city controller

Posted on · Houston City Controller Chris Brown, an outgoing elected official like Mayor Sylvester Turner, is holding up a proposed payment of $150 million from the city to United Airlines as part of a $2.5 billion project at the city's largest airport. Brown said Monday his office is reviewing the plan and its potential impact on city's long-term finances.

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Next Houston mayor will have 18-month window to avert a budget crisis, top Turner adviser says

Posted on · Houston has been relying on federal COVID relief funds to close its budget deficits for the past few years. Bill Kelly, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s director of government relations, said Turner’s successor will have until mid-2025 to find another way to close that gap.

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A tough start to the school year, and actor Jason Lee’s photos of Galveston (Feb. 8, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The cumulative effect of COVID, teacher burnout, faculty and staff shortages, and political pressure on public education, and a conversation with actor Jason Lee about his new book of photography of Galveston.

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Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Remembering George Floyd, And Plans For A Houston Hip-Hop Museum (June 9, 2020)

Posted on · On today's show: Funeral services for George Floyd, City Controller Chris Brown answers questions about the city's finances, warm weather gardening advice, and a museum to honor Houston hip-hop.

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Tuesday’s Show: Astros Punished For Sign Stealing (Jan. 14, 2020)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Astros are hit with harsh punishments after their sign-stealing scandal. City Controller Chris Brown discusses the city's finances. We meet the new provost at Rice, an expert on the science of earthquakes. And we examine the financial and social challenges faced by small town America.