Now, from the Houston Chronicle, we learn that Houston's not bankrupt yet, but may very well be so in the near future.
Last year, one Houston Fire Department deputy chief retired and walked away with a generous check for $211,808 — and that was just for his unused sick days, vacation and holiday pay.Houston is supposed to have a strong economy, but this has to stop. The money ain't there.
An executive HFD chief with 39 years on the job also retired in 2010 and left with a payout of $186,409 for his leftover sick time, vacation and holiday pay.
"They earned the money. So anybody saying 'can we afford it?' - the only way you can afford it is to steal it from them, because they've earned it,“ (Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association local 341) said. "I mean, this is for time they have worked."