Fact-Checking Perry’s Latest TV Ad
Rick Perry never forgets he’s running for president based on his record as governor of Texas. Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman talks with KUT’s Emily Donahue about a TV ad Perry is running in the key primary states Iowa and New Hampshire.
In the ad, Perry takes credit for, among other things, cutting a record $15 billion from the state budget. Selby points out that part of the reason the budget shrank was that federal stimulus aid wasn’t renewed.
Perry and the Legislature also underfunded Medicaid costs this round and pushed back a regular dispersal of state education aid to school districts. There’s one payment that would have gone normally to the school districts this next two years that’s been pushed back to 2014-15.