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What Should Cities Control and What Should the State?

Posted on · Here in Texas, we’re familiar with disputes between our state and the federal government over a variety of issues, from voting laws to environmental regulation to same sex marriage and beyond. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes it clear that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” In other words, this […]

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Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to maintain. […]

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What Debt Ceiling Crisis Could Mean for Houston

Posted on · U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning lawmakers that unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by next Thursday, he cannot promise any payments to anyone, including social security recipients and U.S. bondholders. What was once seen by many as a rubber stamp vote in Congress has become a line in the sand for some Tea Party-backed Congressional […]

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Rice Prof Says Deal Will Be Struck in Debt Crisis

Posted on · August 2nd...that's the deadline Congress and the President have set to reach an agreement on how to pay the nation's bills.  Some are warning of world economic disaster if an agreement isn't reached and the U.S. defaults on its bonds.  But a Rice University Professor says the doom and gloom predictions may be a bit exaggerated.

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Hours Cut, Not Service

Posted on · The Social Security Administration says congressional budget cuts will lead to reduced public hours beginning August 15.  Officials say the cuts will not affect benefits that retirees depend on.

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Still Crunching the Numbers

Posted on · Harris County has been spared the worst of the economic downturn, but it is still affecting how one of the largest local governments in the country operates, including who it hires. Pat Hernandez has more.