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.