Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

June 22, 2007

But he doesn’t forget his friends

Filed under: education, Higher Education, Rick Perry, Texas — texased @ 3:48 pm

Here’s a list of higher education projects vetoed by Perry as pork.

The body count: Perry’s higher ed vetoes

The body count: Perry’s higher ed vetoes

Too bad he doesn’t give a reason for all the pork he leaves in.

Perry signs budget, blasts higher education funding

Perry reiterated his demand, aired in February, that lawmakers place all higher education special items in a portion of the budget subject to his line-item veto. Thirty-six special items added late in the legislative session by House and Senate negotiators and costing $123 million wound up subject to his veto pen, and he vetoed 14 of them.

But scores of other special items worth hundreds of millions of dollars were sprinkled through the budget and therefore remained essentially veto-proof. For example, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, near Speaker Tom Craddick’s hometown of Midland, received $9 million for “instruction enhancement” and $7.4 million for “institutional enhancement.”

So how were items determined to be “special items” and listed separately subject to line item veto? How does “institutional enhancement” at Permain Basin contribute to state’s set goals for improving enrollment and graduation rates but a museum of fine arts at Angelo State University does not?

Now I don’t claim to know how these things were listed in the budget but it seems to me that if Perry could veto the community colleges’ group health insurance, he could have also found a way to veto other times that were “sprinkled” through the budget.

Does anyone know what Perry stands for and what he’s against in term of education issue?

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3 Comments »

  1. Why have none of the educational community in the great State of Texas begun a recall petition to get rid of Pork-Barrel Perry? I don’t care who runs in his place; anyone is better than Robber Rick.

    Comment by Helen Wooten — June 25, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  2. Wasteful spending in San Antonio, political investments in Midland

    Trackback by Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas — June 27, 2007 @ 9:16 am

  3. I think that’s why he only received 39% of the vote in the last election. So much for serving 100% of Texans…

    Comment by texased — July 1, 2007 @ 3:50 pm


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