Lawmakers at the Texas Legislature Grow ‘Tired’ of Perry’s Use of Government Programs
AUSTIN — Budget-writers are taking a hard look at economic incentive programs championed by Gov. Rick Perry, giving them no new money or zeroing out grants in starting-point spending plans.
“I think that the Legislature is tired of seeing some of these programs being used the way they’ve been used, or the appearance that they’re being used for that,” said Rep. Jim Pitts, a Waxahachie Republican who’s the House budget chief.
Reports have shown economic development awards going to projects or companies tied to Perry donors. His office has said the initiatives benefit the state.