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Firefighter Mess

Commentary has said it over and over again.  The City of H-Town should not be dealing with this.  See this from the Chron:  

City Council on Wednesday is expected to consider an ordinance that would enact 18 percent in raises for firefighters by July 2023, though the fire union said the measure still would not offer assurance of the pay increases they long have sought because Council could amend or repeal the ordinance at any point. 

The proposed raise includes a 6 percent pay bump already approved as part of the city’s fiscal 2022 budget, which takes effect Thursday 

Under the ordinance up for consideration Wednesday, firefighters also would see their base salaries rise by 6 percent in fiscal 2023 and 2024, meaning first-year firefighters, who currently make $43,528, would earn a $51,842 annual salary by July 2023, according to the city. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the raises in May but has yet to ask city council to approve any pay increases beyond 2022. Since Turner’s announcement, the fire union has continued to call on the mayor to implement the raises through a contract, arguing that is the only way to make them binding for future years. 

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton reiterated that Tuesday, and again criticized Turner for funding the pay raises through federal stimulus money. The mayor has said it will be up to his successor to find a funding source for the firefighters’ raises once the stimulus money runs out. 

“As we have been saying all along, it is nice to have the temporary pay bump, but this money will go away,” Lancton said in a statement. “In the meantime, firefighters are still working without a contract. The law is the law. It does not change simply because someone does not want to follow it.” 

Here is the entire read: Houston city council may raise firefighter pay via ordinance, as union pushes for contract (houstonchronicle.com). 

Sigh.  Maybe we do need to have a vote on binding arbitration and get this over with once and for all. 

It is good to know that Galveston County government wants to give away their federal dollars to build a wall. What a bunch of dumbarses. See this from the Chron: 

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry announced Tuesday he had signed a local disaster declaration as a result of what he called a crisis at the border and issued an executive order that will approve funding to send local authorities to the border. 

The order also dedicated up to $6.6 million, or 10 percent, of the funds allocated to the county through the American Rescue Plan to help with the construction of a permanent border wall once a plan is finalized, Henry said. 

Again, here is the Chron article: Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issues disaster declaration in response to border situation (houstonchronicle.com). 

I don’t know what to say. 

The New York City elections folks have botched the counting of the ranked voting ballots.  I don’t think I am a fan of ranked voting. 

We went from a hot winning streak to getting clobbered last night.  That’s what  you call 2021 baseball. 

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