Rick Perry's Cuts: Good for Polluters, Electricity Companies; Bad for Commissions Who Opposed His Wife's Renovation Plans
"Have the doomsayers forgotten that Texas added more jobs in 2010 than any other state?" he asked.
The speech -- and details from his budget proposal that are starting to emerge -- show that big cuts are needed to close the state's budget gap that doomsayers keep harping on.
Among the cuts?
-- The Texas Historical Commission gets all funding suspended. As the Austin American-Statesman notes, that's the same Texas Historical Commission that rejected First Lady Anita Perry's plan to add a two-story addition to the Governor's Mansion.
(The Texas Commission on the Arts also got a total budget ax in the proposal; it's not known what the Commission did to offend Perry beyond having the word "Arts" in its name.)
Other big proposed cuts, according to the Houston Chronicle and others:
-- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is getting only two-thirds of what it requested. As we've reported, the TCEQ is a rubber-stamp wonderland when it comes to giving waivers to polluting companies, to the degree that the feds have had to step in to make sure someone actually does the job. We're sure TCEQ was utterly ineffective only because it was a monstrously bloated bureaucracy, and under Perry's budget it will be a lean, mean pollution-fightin' machine.
-- The Public Utilities Commission, according to the Chron, is only getting 10 percent of what it asked for. Sure, the PUC and the TCEQ are in a race for the bottom when it comes to regulating the industries they're supposed to oversee, but a massive cut like this right after the state had to endure rolling blackouts? Oh, that's right -- Perry was in California at the time. Maybe no one told him about it.
-- Health and Human Services will see a major budget cut, but in terms of a surprise that's like noting a Michael Bay film has some explosions in it.