Lisa Falkenberg, Fred Goodall, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media‘s show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, the U.S. Supreme Court punted on Zubik v. Burwell – a case involving 7 different challenges (including Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell (Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals) to the federal mandate and requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, even when it contradicts their religious beliefs and conscience, by vacating the Court of Appeals ruling in Zubik v. Burwell and the six cases it had consolidated under that title and returned them to their respective courts of appeals for reconsideration.
Next, One economist’s rather bleak economic outlook for Houston; Bill Gilmer from the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business shared a new economic forecast, indicating the oil bust’s spread to the broader Houston economy may result in two years of job losses, sluggish growth and softening home sales before a rebound. Gilmer suggested as many as 40,000 net jobs could be lost in Houston through next year, and that the price of oil may well stay below $51 a barrel through 2019.
Finally, a street brawl prompted by an apparent incident of road rage in northwest Houston speaks ill of our coarsening culture and the loss of civility in the broader populace.
Click HERE to listen to the entire episode of Houston Matters for Friday, May 20, 2016.
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