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Statement of Gov. Rick Perry Regarding Comptroller's Budget Remarks

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"The Texas Legislature worked hard to develop a budget that received overwhelming bipartisan support and addressed the critical needs of our state without new taxes. Many of the fees the Comptroller now finds objectionable were from recommendations she made and legislation she supported during the regular session.

"Mrs. Strayhorn didn't raise any of these concerns during the session and did not offer any real alternatives for funding trauma centers, cleaner air, greater public safety and better roads.  However, the Legislature did agree that stiffer penalties for drunk drivers, traffic violators and polluters were far superior to Mrs. Strayhorn's last minute calls for $2 billion in higher taxes and more gambling to fund bigger government."

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