Turner decries ‘poison pill’ added to pension reform effort (Houston Chronicle)

By Mike Morris

Mayor says adding referendum will kill pension reforms, force layoffs

A state lawmaker carrying Houston’s pension reform bill says her version of the proposal will require a public referendum on a $1 billion cash infusion central to the negotiations, an idea Mayor Sylvester Turner called a “poison pill” that could derail the reforms and force “massive” layoffs.

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