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Houston Finances From Bad To Worse

Houston Finances From Bad To Worse

In typical fashion, former Houston Controller Ron Green quietly released the city’s 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) late New Year’s Eve, hoping to draw as little attention as possible. Green’s own statements suggest he hoped to bury the report. He...
Houstonians Go To The Polls

Houstonians Go To The Polls

Houston’s quarrelsome municipal election came to an end last night following a spar-filled campaign season. After coming in first in November’s runoff, former State Rep. Sylvester Turner edged out Bill King earning 51 percent of the vote becoming Houston’s next mayor....
Parker Says HERO Never Stood A Chance

Parker Says HERO Never Stood A Chance

Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently participated in the Victory Fund’s International Leadership Conference where she interviewed with the Washington Blade to discuss the failure of her signature ordinance and future plans for public office. On the equal rights...
Parker’s Final Major Proposal Push

Parker’s Final Major Proposal Push

Outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker has long expressed interest in a texting-while-driving ban but, until now, she hasn’t offered specific policy for council to consider. Her administration recently proposed three policies aimed at curbing the use of handheld devices...
Sylvester Turner’s Hollow Endorsement

Sylvester Turner’s Hollow Endorsement

Over the weekend the Houston Chronicle released their Mayoral endorsement for former State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston). True to form, they opted to express their political leanings, instead of looking at the harsh realities the city faces, and objectively...
Over-Promised Pension Returns

Over-Promised Pension Returns

It’s widely known that city officials’ funny numbers understate debt costs in the Bayou City. Continuing the dissection of the pension problem, it’s important look at how officials use inflated projected returns on investment (ROI) to understate pension debt....
Spending, Revenue, or Pensions?

Spending, Revenue, or Pensions?

The Greater Houston Partnership has released their second white paper, “Is Now the Time to Raise Property Taxes?” The partnership’s last paper, which outlined the economic crisis Houston currently faces, was met by heavy scrutiny from Houston Mayor Annise Parker and...
HERO Battle Wages On

HERO Battle Wages On

With the closing of Houston’s filing deadline, some seventy-five candidates vying for Mayor, Controller, and City Council have emerged. But what may ultimately end up driving turnout are not these hotly contested elections, but the public vote for or against the...
Houston’s Top Politicians Dodge Accountability

Houston’s Top Politicians Dodge Accountability

Finally breaking their silence, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Controller Ron Green publicly responded to a damning article published by the Houston Business Journal (HBJ) which detailed the true extent of Houston’s fiscal disaster created by its politicians. Instead...
Houston Metro Understates Expansion Cost

Houston Metro Understates Expansion Cost

After much planning the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County (Metro) has finally completed its $10 million network overhaul. Although the change didn’t come gradually, riders were surprised with a new bus and rail line overnight on Sunday, August...
Another Blow to Parker’s ERO

Another Blow to Parker’s ERO

Adding to the list of continuous blows to Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s controversial Equal Rights Ordinance, the Supreme Court of Texas issued another opinion today rejecting Parker’s choice of ballot language, claiming it conflicts with the city’s own laws. Parker...
Houston Churches Under Attack

Houston Churches Under Attack

There’s a battle brewing in Houston’s Fifth Ward between the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) and two local churches, yet another instance of Mayor Annise Parker’s administration abusing religious members of the community. The churches, Christian Fellowship Missionary...
Houston’s Funny Numbers

Houston’s Funny Numbers

At this point many people in and around the Bayou City have come to the same conclusion—Houston’s broke. It’s taken some time to accept given that the city has been the fastest growing of the ten largest metro areas. But the years of overspending and deferring...
Turner Against Open-Carry in Houston

Turner Against Open-Carry in Houston

State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), a leading candidate for Mayor of Houston, has twice expressed his dissatisfaction with Houston being the largest major city where openly carrying handguns will be allowed once the law goes into effect Jan 1, 2016. At the Texas...
Who is to Blame for Houston’s Credit?

Who is to Blame for Houston’s Credit?

Moody’s, one of three major credit rating agencies, has revised their outlook on Houston to negative citing the growing debt and pension obligations that city officials have continually failed to address. The report states, “Houston’s economy continues to benefit from...

Bayou City Culture and Tourism

We previously reported on Houston creating its first general plan. The overarching question raised was, should the city fix something that isn’t broken? As we look at Mayor Annise Parker’s 5-year, $85 million “cultural plan” in conjunction with Houston First’s $8.8...