HOUSTON (FOX 26) - This week's panel: Jessica Colon - Republican strategist, Nyanza Moore - progressive commentator and Houston attorney, Steve Toth – former Republican State Representative, Tony Diaz- Chicano educator and activist, Tomaro Bell – Super Neighborhood leader, Bill King - businessman, columnist and former Kemah Mayor, joins Greg Groogan to talk about the dollar cost of Prop B and it's value to the city of Houston.
In the battle over pay parity for Houston firefighters, City Controller Chris Brown says if voters approve Proposition B to pay firefighters the same wages as police, it will cost significantly more than previously estimated.
Brown says when you factor in the seven percent pay increase that police officers were just awarded by the City of Houston, the cost of parity for firefighters rises to $100 million dollars in 2019, $112 million in 2021. His new cost estimates are in line with those presented to voters by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Houston firefighters have not had a pay increase in seven years and say they deserve to be compensated at the same level as their fellow first responders in the Houston Police Department.