Texas Gov. Rick “Secession” Perry Raking in Federal Dough
Remember back in 2009, after President Obama signed the stimulus bill and Texas Governor Rick Perry flirted with seceding from the union?
Since then, he has accepted $6.4 billion in Recovery Act money (link above) and now we hear his buddies in Washington have arranged for him to get another $830 million:
H.R. 1, the bill that House Republicans passed that set funding levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, included a rider that would give Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) an $830 million bailout. Though the Senate defeated H.R. 1, Perry’s bailout seems to be back on, courtesy of the deal struck Friday night that averted a government shutdown:
The federal budget deal negotiated to avoid a government shutdown would remove the strings a Democratic congressman had attached to $830 million in stimulus funds for public education in Texas. If passed into law as expected later this week, the bill would remove a requirement that Republican Gov. Rick Perry use the funds to supplement existing school spending rather than just replace state funds in order to balance the budget.
No wonder he didn’t push the secession thing. His state would be in ruins without handouts from D.C.