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Archive for March 28th, 2019

Opening Day

Here is an easy one. In last year’s opener in Arlington, what did the first batter do?

Commentary will be wearing team gear today. It is, after all, Opening Day!

Yeah, we know, the big story yesterday from the 86th Legislative Session was the Texas House passing a budget. For H-Town residents, a very important issue was also being acted on in a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports that was held yesterday at the State Capitol. The Port of Houston is a key economic engine of this region and the state. Senator Carol Alvarado is leading a discussion on ship channel traffic flow, conflicts of interest and governance. It is a very interesting discussion that you can check out here: http://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=45&clip_id=14066.

It is good to see Sen. Alvarado’s leadership on this key issue.

The mess continues. As expected, the proposed garbage fee went straight to the garbage can. The H-Town Mayor then sent over his latest proposal to Local 341 and here is from Channel 13’s Ted Oberg:

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Late Tuesday afternoon, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner sent Houston firefighters a letter detailing the city’s most recent five-year offer to implement Prop B, the voter approved initiative to increase firefighters’ pay to equal police officers.

In the letter, Turner writes, “I do not want to lay off anyone… I propose that Prop B be implemented over five years.”

The offer is slightly increased from an email sent in mid-February. It does not include financial details of police officer pay the union has repeatedly requested.

Looking over the mayor’s letter, Firefighters Union Local 341 President Marty Lancton told 13 Investigates, “It does not implement Prop B at all.”

What a mess.

Don’t you remember? In last year’s opener in Arlington, #SpringerDinger led off the game with a #SpringerDinger off of Cole Hamels of course.

#TakeItBack!

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