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Bill King on Pension Deal and Bluefin Tuna: Wednesday’s Show (October 26, 2016)

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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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Pensions and ADA Compliant Voting: Tuesday’s Show (August 16, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (August 9, 2016), Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston’s pensions. The report lays out why the city’s unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Dueling Visions for Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (June 28, 2016)

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. On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the differences between the two structures. We also consider what each means for city employees and why the mayor […]

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TTIP, Reporter Roundtable, and Bob Ford: Friday’s Show (June 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership aims to streamline trade between the United States and the European Union. With so much international trade going through the Port of Houston, how will this deal affect the Greater Houston region? On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask the pro-business Greater Houston Partnership’s Horacio Licon. He’s the partnership’s […]