Vote 2017

The Schneider Report: Turner’s Pension Reform Plan Now In Voters’ Hands

Posted on · The second installment of a week long series where political reporter Andrew Schneider looks into the 2017 election. The $1 billion bond on the 2017 ballot would stabilize police, firefighter, and municipal employee retirement plans that have gone underfunded for years

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Effect of Paris Climate Decision on Houston Energy, and Koreans in Houston: Friday’s Show (June 2, 2017)

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Pension Reform Bill, and the Confederate Flag as Art: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the 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. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

Houston Matters

Political Roundup: Funding the Government, and Pension Legislation

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. This week, we discuss everything from Congress reaching a deal to fund the government, to President Trump and North Korea, and the latest attempt to pass a health care bill. Also we look at several issues in the […]

Houston Matters

With a Pension Plan Decided, How Does Houston Sell It to the Legislature?

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago (Oct. 26, 2016), the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the […]

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Selling the Pension Plan, and Helping the Homeless: Thursday’s Show (November 10, 2016)

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago, the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the proposal will lower […]