Late Friday, The Texas Tribune reported that Governor Rick Perry “retired” in January. If only that were really the case.
Perry, as we know, is still governor. But he found a loophole in state law that allows him to “retire” and collect a state pension while he is still in office. We, the taxpayers of Texas, pay Perry a salary of $150,000. Now we learn he is double-dipping an additional $92,000 per year from the Employee Retirement System of Texas – for a total of $242,000 annually.
This is just wrong. Very wrong.
It would be wrong even if times were good. But in a year in which so many families are struggling and in which Perry and the Legislature passed a draconian budget that forces public schools to lay off teachers and other employees, cuts college financial aid loans for middle class families, and further shreds Texas’ flimsy safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, it’s just outrageous.
You would think that Perry would have the judgment to not game the system and double-dip a salary and a pension. No chance.
It’s this kind of politics-as-usual, sweetheart deal that justifiably makes people so cynical about government. These are the kinds of practices we have to end – and that’s one of the reasons I am running for the Legislature. So today I need your help:
- Sign this petition, which demands an end to the Perry Pension Loophole. I’ll file legislation to make sure no politician can ever do this again – and I’ll take your voice with me to Austin.
- Contribute to my campaign today. We need your help to reach our end-of-year goals and to win the Democratic primary election (now set for April 3, 2012).
- Forward this email to your friends, post our petition on Facebook, and share it on Twitter. We need to bring more people into our campaign to change the way business is done in Austin.
Let’s put an end to the Perry Pension Loophole – you can lead the way by joining our campaign today.