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Early Voting Tour: Jupiter Coffee House in Denton, TX

Today, Governor Perry commenced his Early Voting Tour in Denton, TX. The Governor is traveling across Texas this weekend for a good old-fashioned Get Out the Vote tour, and we hope you can join him.

Denton, TX : Early Voting Tour

Denton, TX : Early Voting Tour

Denton, TX : Early Voting Tour

Denton, TX : Early Voting Tour

Bring your friends and family to visit with Governor Perry then go cast your ballot. Click here to find out which cities Governor Perry will be visiting near you!

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Perry Snapshots: 100 Years of Scouting

Boy Scouts 100 Year Anniversary

Boy Scouts 100 Year Anniversary

Boy Scouts 100 Year Anniversary

Boy Scouts 100 Year Anniversary

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal supports Gov. Rick Perry.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today announced his support of Gov. Rick Perry for re-election in 2010.

Watch the video below to hear Gov. Jindal in his own words:

“Bobby and I have worked together many times as colleagues and friends but I will never forget our efforts to protect the men and women of our respective states after coming face to face with devastating hurricanes,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud that he supports our efforts to continue moving our state forward as families across Texas are weathering this global economic downturn. Texans know firsthand that the state needs steady leadership in these tough times.”

Jindal was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Following his graduation from Brown he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1994, Jindal went to work for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies before entering public service. In 1996, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the First District of Louisiana. Jindal was re-elected to Congress in 2006 with 88 percent of the vote majority. Jindal and his wife Supriya have three young children.

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Join Governor Perry at a Get Out the Vote Tour Stop Near You

Governor Perry will travel across Texas this weekend for a good old-fashioned Get Out the Vote tour, and we hope you can join him. Bring your friends and family to visit with Governor Perry then go cast your ballot.

Friday, February 19th

Denton County

Where: Jupiter Coffee House
Address: 106 North Locust Street
Time: 8:15am
Google Map: http://bit.ly/b3vqxN
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Elliott Griffin-North Texas Field Director, 512-970-9944, elliottgriffin@rickperry.org

Tarrant County

Where: Roots Coffeehouse
Address: 9191 Blvd 26, Suite 101, North Richland Hills
Time: 10:00am
Google Map: http://bit.ly/bVHkIn
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Adam Leggett-Tarrant Field Director, 601-927-5444, adamleggett@rickperry.org

Parker County

Where: Weatherford Downtown Cafe
Address: 101 West Church Street
Time: 1:10pm
Google Map: http://bit.ly/boOhEy
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Adam Leggett-Tarrant Field Director, 601-927-5444, adamleggett@rickperry.org

Collin County

Where: Breadwinners
Address: 4021 Preston Road, #611, Plano, TX 75093
Time: 3:20 p.m.
Google Map: http://bit.ly/auf1LE
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Elliott Griffin-North Texas Field Director, 512-970-9944, elliottgriffin@rickperry.org

Dallas County

Where: Panera Bread Company
Address: 7839 Park Lane
Time: 4:45pm
Google Map: http://bit.ly/ajplvL
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Dwayne Horner-Dallas Field Director, 972-743-6166, dwaynehorner@rickperry.org

Saturday, February 20th

McLennan County

Where: La Fiesta Restaurant
Address: 1201 Hewitt Drive in Hewitt
Time: 8:10 a.m.
Google Map: http://bit.ly/c0e1Fr
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Jon McClellan-Central Texas Field Director, 281-793-4558, jonmcclellan@rickperry.org

Bell County

Where: Stage Coach Inn, Robinson Room
Address: 401 South Stagecoach Rd, Salado
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Google Map: http://bit.ly/bqNsWB
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Jon McClellan-Central Texas Field Director, 281-793-4558, jonmcclellan@rickperry.org

Williamson County

Where: Sun City Activities Center
Address: 1 Texas Drive, Georgetown
Google Map: http://bit.ly/d4usN5
Time: 11:20 a.m.
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Jon McClellan-Central Texas Field Director, 281-793-4558, jonmcclellan@rickperry.org

Travis County

Where: Brick Oven Restaurant
Address: 10710 Research Blvd, Austin

Google Map: http://bit.ly/ch25hi
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Jon McClellan-Central Texas Field Director, 281-793-4558, jonmcclellan@rickperry.org

Comal County

Where: Liberty Bistro
Address: 200 North Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels
Google Map: http://bit.ly/949yjJ
Time: 2:45 PM
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: ReenAnn Downing-South Texas Field Director 432-770-1321, reenanndowning@rickperry.org

Bexar County

Bring flashlights and join our flashlight parade from the Cram's home to the nearby Early Voting location so you can cast your ballot for Rick Perry!
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: ReenAnn Downing-South Texas Field Director 432-770-1321, reenanndowning@rickperry.org

Sunday, February 21st

Fort Bend County
Where: Cafe Adobe
Address: 2329 Hwy 6 South, Sugar Land
Google Map: http://bit.ly/9liJ85
Time: 1:45 p.m.
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: Elyse Derian-Houston Field Director, 858-722-8653, elysederian@rickperry.org

Montgomery County
Where: Cafe Adobe
Address: 18310 I-45 South, Shenandoah
Google Map: http://bit.ly/d5HNLs
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Please contact area Field Director to RSVP: James Dewitt-Houston Field Director, 512-971-7273, jamesdewitt@rickperry.org

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Perry Snapshots: Texas Hospital Association Leadership Conference

Texas Hospital Association Leadership Conference

Texas Hospital Association Leadership Conference

Texas Hospital Association Leadership Conference

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How Much Trouble is the Hutchison Campaign In?

September 14, 2009

Townhall

Matt Lewis

If endorsements can be viewed as a signal as to the health of a campaign, Kay Bailey Hutchison's campaign is on life support.

Over the past few weeks, incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry has lined up a long list of endorsements while Senator Hutchison has remained silent.

Following are a few of the recent Perry endorsements:

RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams
Texas Right to Life
Texas Alliance for Life
Texans for Life President Kyleen Wright
Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
Americans for Prosperity Texas State Director Peggy Venable
Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Houston Realty Business Coalition
Texas Apartment Association
Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
Texas Home School Coalition PAC
Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
Texas Chiropractic Association
State Director of Americans for Prosperity Peggy Venable
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

Governor Perry has also received the unanimous support of the 160 member Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Realtors.

So why is Hutchison running? Unfortunately, when you hear her campaign speeches she has taken a page from the Obama playbook of offering “Change” without any plan on how she would actually accomplish it.

Senator Hutchison’s biggest challenge is going to be selling her, “Texas can do better” theme when the state is widely considered a model other governors should aspire to.

And as the endorsements stack up against her, will she risk costing taxpayers $30 million dollars to fill her seat in a special election? ... Especially as her campaign continues to falter?

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Governor signs bill to preserve SFA name

September 14, 2009

The Pine Log

Jennifer Patterson

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed into law, Senate Bill 596 in August, preventing SFA's name from ever being changed.

Perry signed the bill into law on the SFA campus. The bill enrolled in the Senate in late May, and Perry originally signed it into law on June 19. The ceremonial signing was well received by a wide audience on the campus.

Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Wayne Christian stood next to Perry during the bill signing. Nichols authored the bill, and Christian, who has worked on similar legislation in the past, worked in conjunction to help pass the bill.

The bill ensures that the University's name can never be changed and prevents the board of regents from ever being able to do so.

Bob Wright, director of public affairs at SFA, attended the signing and said the room overflowed with attendees who came to witness the historic event.

"It was standing room only, and I would say about half the number of people were standing outside the room and peeking through the door," Wright said.

Passage of the bill elicited a sigh of relief from countless alumni and students who feared that one day a name change might occur. Wright mentioned the importance of the name difference between SFA and other Universities in Texas. SFA is linked to a forefather of the state of Texas.

"Unlike most universities, SFA is named after one of the most important historical figures of Texas, the father of Texas," Wright said. "When you carry something that meaningful and important, you should hold on to it for your entire existence."

jpatterson@thepinelog.com

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Election to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison could cost millions

September 13, 2009

El Paso Times

AUSTIN, Texas -- A special election to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison could cost up to $30 million.

Responding to a request for a cost breakdown from the conservative group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade said in a letter released Thursday that a single special election would cost between $18 million and $20 million.

If there's a runoff, it would cost up to another $10 million, Andrade said.

Hutchison has said she expects to resign before the end of the year to focus on her race for Texas governor. Her opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, would designate a temporary replacement and call a special election to fill the senator's unexpired term.

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Pair of locals honored with ‘Star of Texas’

September 13, 2009

Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

Ron Maloney

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry honored two local lawmen Friday — one posthumously — for their sacrifices to their community.

Perry presented the “Star of Texas” award to more than 20 officers and first responders who have been either killed or injured in the line of duty, including Seguin’s Teyran “Ty” Patterson and Zach McBride in a presentation timed to coincide with remembrances of the more than 400 first responders who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

“September 11th renewed our sense of appreciation for the men and women who are first upon the scene of tragedy and step into harm’s way to protect the innocent,” Perry said in a statement.

“I am honored to stand with so many of our state’s finest to present the Star of Texas awards to those who set aside concerns for their own safety in order to preserve and protect the lives of their fellow citizens.”

Patterson was a Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife Game Warden from Seguin who drowned while rescuing his partner.

McBride is a Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office investigator who was grievously injured in a high-speed crash that occurred when his patrol car hit a semi-rig on State Highway 123.

Members of both officer’s families and departments attended the ceremony conducted in the house chamber of the state house.

Joe and ViAnn Patterson accepted the award on behalf of their son, who was one of three officers killed in the line of duty who Perry singled out, and chatted briefly with the governor.

“People who get this award earn it,” Joe Patterson said. “Our son gave his life. He should always, if nothing else, be seen as an example for the young on this earth. All his life he did everything to make us proud of him, and he continues and makes us more proud in death.”

Ty Patterson, 28, worked as a Seguin Police Department dispatcher before going to the state game warden academy to realize his dream of becoming a peace officer.

On May 30, 2007, Patterson and fellow game warden Danny Tuggle were working to recover the body of a teen who drowned in the Paluxy River near Glen Rose when their boat capsized.

Patterson’s superiors cited him posthumously for saving the life of Tuggle, a 25-year veteran, before he became entangled in ropes from their upturned boat and drowned.

His body was escorted home for a memorial service at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum that was attended by 1,200 people. The motorcade to Patterson’s final resting place in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park took more than an hour to pass out of Seguin.

This past March, Patterson was honored by concurrent resolution of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

McBride’s award was very nearly a posthumous one, too.

He was running to a domestic dispute call late at night on April 12, 2006, when his patrol car slammed into a semi-rig that was making a U-turn on State Highway 123 near Cordova Road.

“From what I was told, I hit right behind the driver’s door,” McBride said. “I hit it hard enough to knock the trailer loose.”

He hit it hard enough to be pinned in the wreckage of his patrol car with a dislocated hip, a broken leg and many other injuries.

McBride spent a month in University Hospital and it would be a year before he could go back to work, where he now is an investigator in Sheriff Arnold Zwicke’s Criminal Investigation Division who specializes in property crimes.

McBride said Friday receiving the Texas Star award was a great honor in itself.

For him, it was better still because he was nominated by his wife, Amanda, a police officer herself who was his fiance at the time of the accident.

Today, she works at the Guadalupe County Jail.

“I’m happy for the recognition,” McBride said. “I’m grateful to Arnold for letting me come back to work, and especially to my wife for staying with me and supporting me all the time she has, and for nominating me for this award.”

Zwicke, who stood by as McBride and his wife were recognized by the governor, said he thought the Star of Texas award was a fitting one for Patterson and McBride.

“It’s a heck of a way to get an award,” Zwicke said. “Ty Patterson made the ultimate sacrifice for another officer. Zach McBride has gone through a lot and will suffer with his injuries for the rest of his life.”

Joe Patterson said his family appreciated the support of the law enforcement community, the state and the governor — and in particular the game wardens who work in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“We appreciate this recognition the state has shown Teyran and we appreciate the state and the governor taking time out of their busy days to do this,” Patterson said. “We went up there and attended with a bunch of game wardens who have supported us and made us feel like we’re in a big family.”

The Star of Texas award was created by the legislature in 2003 to honor and commemorate first responders. The legislation also designated Sept. 11 as Texas First Responders Day.

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State of Texas stepped up in storm's aftermath

September 12, 2009

Houston Chronicle

Rick Perry

What happened when Hurricane Ike tore into the Texas coast is best known as a story of loss and tragedy, but it is also an ongoing tale of courage and dedication, caring and commitment.

A year after Ike, the resilience of Texans is on display in rebuilt homes and community centers, reopened businesses and restaurants, all measured in miles of blacktop and across spans of bridges reconnecting people with the mainland.

People continue to pitch in as a sense of normalcy has returned. And yet, still, nothing is exactly the same. Nothing ever will be.

Ike was that kind of monster.

In the early hours of Sept. 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike exploded across the area, turning residents out of their homes while rapidly and viciously redrawing the coast of Texas with a haphazard hand.

Despite how awful it was, however, it could have been even worse. Texas has seen its fair share of bad storms over the years, and the lessons we've learned helped us improve our response time, and more quickly and efficiently move people to safety, provide shelter and distribute much-needed food and water.

Those lessons were all called into play as Ike roared into the Gulf. An unpredictable force even as it closed in on land, its projected path changed five times in the 30 hours before it finally came ashore, with targets ranging from the Rio Grande Valley all the way to the Louisiana border.

For a state that puts a premium on strategically positioning its resources at the point of attack, Ike worked us pretty hard. Nonetheless, by the time Ike had zeroed in on the Galveston area, we had search-and-rescue teams in place, ready to help. In the darkest hours of the night, as the worst of the storm made its way ashore, 634 Texans were plucked from the most imperiled areas. Those 634 people almost assuredly would have perished without the intervention of brave men and women willing to risk their own lives for their fellow Texans.

It was an amazing display of the best of the human spirit, and I continue to marvel at the dedication of these fine individuals. Over the course of the storm, our first responders, including Texas Task Forces 1 and 2, as well as Texas Military Forces, rescued 3,540 people and conducted welfare checks on nearly 6,000 other citizens in the impacted area.

As we've come to expect, they performed amazing jobs under the most difficult of circumstances.

As the storm moved in and then moved on, we shifted our focus from search and rescue to caring and comfort. Across the state, in a display of the proud Texas tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor,” 305 shelters took in 51,000 Texans. As workers labored around the clock to restore basic utilities to afflicted areas, we distributed nearly a million ready-to-eat meals, more than 26 million bottles of water and more than 50 million pounds of ice.

Not to suggest there weren't challenges, but I'm proud of the efforts we put forward in the aftermath of the storm.

However, discussions about what worked in the wake of a disaster go only so far in consoling those who lost their homes, priceless heirlooms, a cherished pet or a loved one. We owe it to all Texans to continue improving the system.

To that end, we've initiated changes, ranging from the creation of state resource staging areas to the streamlining of our command structure. We've enhanced our continuous training and exercise programs; reviewed our system for distributing food and water; consolidated communications; and expanded the use of new technology, such as GPS tracking, to manage key resources.

The 81st Legislature funded much-needed repairs to schools afflicted by the storm and also gave the state leeway in funding of school districts disrupted by future storms. It also responded to my call to improve the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, passing a bill that incorporates sound business practices and broadens the association's options to pay for incurred losses, keeping insurance coverage available to Texans living along the coast.

In all, the Legislature allocated more than $425 million to rebuilding areas of Texas touched by disaster. Of this amount, $150 million was dedicated to getting the University of Texas Medical Branch and its critical trauma center back up and running. A $62 million disaster fund will enable us to respond even more quickly in the future.

Currently, agencies like the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Rural Affairs and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs are working with local authorities in affected areas, distributing federal funding to restore devastated communities.

Ike will never be forgotten, but neither will the bravery and dedication of the proud people of Texas.

Perry, a Republican, is governor of Texas.

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Bill White University: Freshman Year

April 12, 2010

“Introduction to Liberal Policies”

During their freshman year at Bill White University, students will enroll in the course “Introduction to Liberal Policies.” This course is based on the political beliefs of Bill White and covers the following topics:

How to hide your taxes and conceal secret sources of income
Why raising taxes should always be an option
Why the government should pay for health care
Why California’s auto emissions standards are necessary for Texas
Why Global Warming should be regulated
Why cap-and-trade doesn’t go far enough
Why gun control regulations should be increased
Why defining marriage isn’t important
Why national educational standards are acceptable
Why bailouts and stimulus packages are good ideas
Why showing an ID to vote is unnecessary

“Students entering their first year at Bill White University will have the opportunity to learn liberal policies and discuss the issues of the day that the school's founder, liberal trial lawyer Bill White, has made a career of supporting,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Utilizing Bill White’s liberal track record, students will learn just how far liberal policies have positioned the school’s founder from the values of the state he is running in.”

The video “Bill White University Orientation” is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RF8PCoo7V4.

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Bill White University Orientation

April 12, 2010

On Day 36 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White hiding his income tax returns from the people of Texas, Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White University Orientation.” This video is available online at http://www.youtube.com/liberalbillwhite.

In this video, prospective students of Bill White University receive a welcome message from Bill White, meet Bill White University’s proud mascot, Mr. Bill, and learn of a unique curriculum that includes the following courses:

Freshman year: “Introduction to Liberal Policies”

Sophomore year: “Succeeding in Business without Regard to Ethics”

Junior year: “Bill to Barack: The Importance of the Company You Keep”

Senior year: “City Mismanagement: Creating Problems for Someone Else to Fix”

Law school: “Lawsuits are the Answer: How to Become a Liberal Trial Lawyer”

“As you can see from Bill White’s announcement, Bill White University promises to be a place where the excitement never stops,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Not since the establishment of Cal-Berkeley has there been such an institution of higher education where liberal ideas can flourish. We can only hope that Bill White University will release its taxes in a more timely manner than its founder.”

Over the next several days, details of the topics covered in the courses offered at Bill White University, all based on the political beliefs of Bill White, will be released.

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DA Raids Houston METRO To Seize Documents Before They Are Destroyed – What About Bill White’s Missing Taxes?

April 9, 2010

Day 33 Of Liberal Trial Lawyer Bill White Hiding His Taxes

On Day 33 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White hiding his income tax returns from the people of Texas, KPRC in Houston is reporting the Harris County District Attorney’s Office raided Houston METRO to seize documents from the agency, which is under investigation for destroying documents while White was mayor. (SOURCE “Documents Seized From METRO,” KPRC Houston, 4/8/10, video available at http://www.click2houston.com/news/23093456/detail.html)

“Liberal Bill White allowed Houston METRO, run by his hand-picked board of directors, to destroy documents while he was mayor, and his shady behavior is continuing as he stubbornly refuses to release his income tax returns for his years in public service,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “On Thursday the Harris County District Attorney's Office raided Houston METRO to seize documents before they could be destroyed, but the question remains – who will raid the Bill White campaign and recover his missing tax returns so voters can learn what other dirty secrets he may be hiding?”

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MISSING FOR ONE MONTH: Liberal Trial Lawyer Bill White’s Income Tax Returns

April 7, 2010

Liberal trial lawyer Bill White has now hidden his income tax returns from the people of Texas for one month with no end in sight to his deceptive behavior.

White initially refused to release his taxes on the grounds that they supposedly contained proprietary information. Then he released only his 2009 tax returns, a disclosure that led to an ethics complaint being filed against White for his failure to report $83,677 in 2009 wages to the Texas Ethics Commission that he reported to the IRS.

“Much like the current Houston budget is missing millions of dollars because of Bill White’s mismanagement of the city, his tax returns are also missing for the years he has been in public service,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Unfortunately, the current mayor of Houston has to deal with the budget mess Bill White left, but there is still time for him to come clean and release his taxes. The only things not missing are excuses. Why are you hiding Mr. Bill? What are you afraid of?”

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Thanks Mr. Bill: Houston Libraries Reducing Hours Because Of Budget Mess White Created

April 8, 2010

For 32 days liberal trial lawyer Bill White has hidden the truth from Texans by refusing to release his income taxes for his years in public service. As a result Texans have no way of knowing how much outside income White made while mayor of Houston. What is known is that White’s fiscal mismanagement of Houston created a budget mess affecting all areas of the city, including libraries.

From today’s Houston Chronicle:

Hammered by $2.2 million in budget cuts, the Houston Public Library system this month will reduce its hours by 28 percent — closing most of its 42 branches on Saturdays — and trim expenditures for library materials. The reductions, marking the first time in seven years that hours of operation have been cut, come as patronage of the library continues to grow. During the past year, in-person visits to library branches increased 13 percent and borrowing of library materials rose 15 percent. … The series of cuts to the library's $39.3 million budget came as the city of Houston tightened its belt in the face of a budget shortfall of $12 million to $20 million for the current fiscal year. The city deficit for the fiscal year beginning in July is expected to reach $100 million.

(SOURCE: “Budget forcing cuts in library hours,” Houston Chronicle, 4/8/10)

“It’s unfortunate that parents and children will be denied access to libraries because of Bill White’s fiscal mismanagement of Houston,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Stop hiding your tax returns, Mr. Bill, and apologize to the children of Houston for reducing their library hours.”

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