Houston Newsmakers Sept. 27: Greater Houston Partnership Supports HERO

President, CEO on this week's Houston Newsmakers

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - Bob Harvey is the president & CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership and said his organization of more than 1,200 companies in 11 southeast Texas counties supports the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

He said among other things, it is a matter of dollars and cents for the region.

"This issue is of such prominence that technology companies, international companies, headquarters companies and many of the companies we try to attract to Houston won't consider a city that is not willing to consider equal opportunity for all of its citizens," he said.

Harvey was not prepared to offer estimates of how much could be lost if the ordinance is not approved, but said it could be substantial.

Much more from Harvey on this week's program.

Mike Sullivan is Harris County tax assessor-collector and said there are a couple of very important items on the ballot this November, including the Constitutional amendment to increase homestead exemptions.

"Every registered voter in the state can vote on a constitutional amendment so if you don't live in the city, you can still go to the polls and vote and out of the seven amendments," he said. "One is a property tax reduction that we're strongly supportive of providing tax relief for homeowners."

Sullivan, a former Houston city council member, has strong opinions about the term limits question on the ballot as well.

Interesting comments and insight from both guests on this week's Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, airing at 10 a.m. Sunday after "Meet the Press" on KPRC Channel 2.

More Information:
Bob Harvey, president, CEO Greater Houston Partnership, 713-844-3600.
Mike Sullivan, Harris County tax assessor-collector, 713-274-8000.

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