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Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Teacher Health Reimbursement

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on Speaker Tom Craddick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's decision regarding Texas teachers' Health Reimbursement Accounts.

"On Aug. 12 I recommended a solution to the Legislative Budget Board that would have protected Texas teachers by putting more money into teachers' pockets for health care. The Texas Classroom Teachers Association and the Association of Texas Professional Educators were particularly helpful to my office in crafting that recommendation.

"Now that Attorney General Greg Abbott has clarified that the state does not have to fund teacher health through health reimbursement accounts, Speaker Craddick and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst have offered a plan to protect teachers that passes legal muster and that I support because it puts more money into teachers' hands to pay for their health care costs.

"The result is what the Speaker, Lt. Governor and I all sought: a win for Texas teachers."

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