Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Austin Chronicle: News: Naked City--Perry, Strayhorn spar over education funding

The Austin Chronicle: News: Naked City: "After launching a cheery radio spot and swinging across Texas to promote his school finance plan to friendly audiences, Gov. Rick Perry returned to the Capitol on Monday, where the so-called Perry Plan faced its toughest criticism yet.

First, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn deemed the plan a failure, predicting it would create the largest tax hike in state history and force the 2007 Legislature to increase taxes by as much as $2.6 billion. The comptroller – a gubernatorial candidate who is challenging Perry in next year's GOP primary – also took issue with the centerpiece of Perry's plan – a $7 billion property tax cut – which Strayhorn said would leave the state with a $200 million shortfall. 'This is the second plan Gov. Perry has offered up and, like the first, it simply does not add up,' she said. She advised the governor to 'pull down this plan, regroup, and try again.'"


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