|Date:||Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:53:01 -0500|
|To:||Gardner Selby <email@example.com>|
Here's where we're coming from.
We took the $11 million referenced in the ad to be federal funds, since they were exempted from the 5% FY 2010 rescissions ordered for other state agency budgets. As federal hurricane public assistance funds, then why have these dollars been used for the mansion?
FEMA makes it clear that public assistance dollars are to be used to rebuild communities:
“Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations.” (http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm)
Now, after our ad aired, the Perry campaign has changed their story.
”Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the state fronted money to respond to Hurricane Ike, funds that were later reimbursed by federal disaster aid, replenishing the state general revenue fund. The Legislature then appropriated money from general revenue to repair the governor's mansion after it fell victim to arson in June 2008.” (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/back-to-basics-pac-perry-campaign-responds/)
Suddenly, now Perry's campaign is suggesting these were undifferentiated state dollars that just sitting in the general revenue fund.
The governor has said that “Every penny we save now in the 2010-11 biennium is one penny closer to balancing the budget in the next legislative session.” (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7011280.html) If these really are state dollars, Perry should pluck $450,000 worth of pennies earmarked for the mansion and leave them in the GR fund.