Houston Newsmakers Oct. 22: Mayor Turner on bond referendum, Rep. Green pushes for Trump impeachment
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is a guest on this week’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" and says the recovery from Hurricane Harvey has a long way to go but good progress is being made.
He said he is optimistic about getting federal dollars to help.
"After Hurricane Katrina, the feds did appropriate for example $14 billion for a mitigation program in Louisiana. We need them to do the same thing now for the state of Texas,” Turner said.
The mayor also talked about the improvement bonds voters will be asked to approve in the upcoming referendum.
Critics said voters are being asked to provide money for a city that overspends and has misplaced priorities. Turner said proof to the contrary is in his record.
“In 2017 this year we faced a budgetary shortfall of $130 million,” he said. “We balanced the city’s budget again without raising your taxes, operating within those financial constraints and we minimized laying off employees, maintaining your services.”
Turner also addresses his relationship with Houston firefighters and what he hopes will be finalized very soon.
U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, recently introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump, an effort that is not gathering a lot of support on Capitol Hill.
“I can only assure one vote,” he said. “And that vote will be my vote and I can only assure others that history will judge us all and the truth will be known.”
"Houston Newsmakers" airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
• Sylvester Turner, Houston mayor, 713-837-0311, Sylvester.firstname.lastname@example.org www.houstontx.gov/mayor Twitter: @SylvesterTurner
• U.S. Rep. Al Green, 9th Congressional District, anti-human trafficking advocate, 713-383-9234, https://algreen.house.gov Twitter: @RepAlGreen
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