Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Perry's school plan is attacked

Star-Telegram | 06/22/2005 | Perry's school plan is attacked: "Gov. Rick Perry unveiled a school-finance plan that would cut property taxes and boost teacher pay Tuesday, but his fellow Republican leaders are already taking potshots at the way he proposes to pay for it.

House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said Perry's proposed fix for the loophole-ridden business tax 'doesn't work.' And Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, leader of the state Senate, said the governor's idea of raising the state sales tax by 0.7 percentage point would meet stiff resistance in that chamber.

Perry brushed off the criticism, saying legislators will warm up to his plan once they start considering the alternatives.

'This plan is a sweeping vision for our state that will improve education by increasing the state's share of education funding while alleviating the tax burden on local property taxpayers,' he said."


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