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Pension Conversations & the Evolution of the Passing Game in Football: Friday’s Show (October 14, 2016)

Posted on · During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, though, we turn our […]

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A Closer Look at Mayor Turner’s Plan for Pension Reform

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016), the Kinder Institute for Urban Research held a panel discussion on the future of Houston’s pension system. The discussion came just a few days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an “historic” pension reform plan. We discuss the mayor’s plan and what hurdles remain to address the city’s unfunded pension […]

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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 […]

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How Realistic is Solving Houston’s Pension Problem with Oil Prices So Low?

Posted on · The problem is well-documented by now. The City of Houston has growing and unfunded pension obligations to meet but is limited by state control and a revenue cap. Back in September, the Houston-based nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation laid out this challenge facing the city in a report entitled “Swamped: How Pension Debt is […]

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Inauguration Ceremonies Held for Mayor Turner, Council Members

Posted on · At inauguration ceremonies this morning (Jan. 4, 2016) at Jones Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner took the oath of office, along with new city council members and City Controller Chris Brown. In his inaugural address, Mayor Turner shared some of his personal journey in politics and a positive message regarding the challenges facing the City of Houston. And […]

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City Council and Controller Elections: Wednesday’s Show (October 7, 2015)

Posted on · With so much attention focused on the upcoming Houston mayoral election, and the impending vote on the city’s equal rights ordinance, there is the potential for higher-than-usual turnout, which may impact other races as well. 55 people are running for City Council seats. But in some districts, incumbents are running unopposed while 8 candidates are […]

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Primary Election Preview, HISD Closure Update, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, February 17, 2014

Posted on · Early voting begins this week for a March primary election which will determine the major party candidates for a number of statewide offices. While it’s clear who both Republicans and Democrats will put forward for Governor, the Lieutenant Governor’s race appears up for grabs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll learn about that and […]