Stories to follow in 2019: Proposition B to be implemented


WHAT WE REPORTED On Nov. 6, Houston voters approved Proposition B, a city charter amendment that would give firefighters raises to equal the pay of Houston police officers. City leaders said firefighters deserve a raise—but not one that would cost the city $100 million a year, which could be afforded only by firing hundreds of employees.

THE LATEST On Dec. 18 a judge dissolved a temporary restraining order that was placed on Proposition B while the court determined whether it or collective bargaining trumps the other when it comes to determining city employees’ wages.

Mayor Sylvester Turner that day announced in a press release implementation of Proposition B would begin. He has since said he intends to negotiate with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, according to Community Impact Newspaper’s media partner ABC 13.

“The implementation of Prop B will not happen overnight, but the process does start now,” Turner said in the release.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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