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In his two-page letter to Napolitano, Perry described the formula used to come up with his $349.2 million bill, including $94.4 million to cover costs incurred by county jails.
"During tough economic times, when communities are making difficult decisions about their own budgets, Texas counties are being asked to cover more than $94.4 million in direct costs related to housing illegal immigrants while the state has been left to cover more than $254.8 million in such costs."
"The longstanding failure of the federal government to secure our border with Mexico continues to burden local communities and resources in Texas," Perry wrote. "Because there are not enough troops on the ground, illegal immigrants are able to penetrate the Texas border every day and use taxpayer-funded resources."
Call him crazy but he's got a good point.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by TrueAmerican
I would have preferred Perry to load all of the illegals currently in prison or on assistance in Texas on buses, drive them to DC and let them out in front of the DHS headquarters and leave them there. Or do what they used to do in NYC with bums, which is to give them a hundred bucks and put them on a bus to Florida. Perry could put them on a bus to a sanctuary city in California with $500 and be done with it.
But as the state's budget shortfall widens—to as much as $18 billion, or about 20% of the next two-year budget, according to the state legislature's latest analysis released earlier this month—critics are complaining that Mr. Perry's policies have left the state with little room to reduce spending.
Mr. White said the governor has focused on shortsighted fiscal policies, including plugging budget holes with stimulus money. "For 10 years Rick Perry has failed to develop a long-term budget," he said.