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Houston Firefighter Pay Increase Prop Ruled Unconstitutional

A district judge in Houston ruled a voter-approved item unconstitutional this week.

According to the Houston Chronicle, a ruling was handed down from the 157th District Court in Houston on Wednesday ruling the city’s Proposition B unconstitutional. The proposal would have provided firefighters in the city with a pay schedule identical to that of the city’s police officers. Voters approved Proposition B in November 2018, according to early results, with 57 percent of voter support.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had been an outspoken critic of the pay increases, saying it would place a financial burden on the City of Houston. The Houston City Council also voted to approve firefighter layoffs earlier this month to fund the increases, the Chronicle reported.

Photo by Houston Fire Union

Photo by Houston Fire Union

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