Perry says he’ll bring lawmakers back if tax cuts, water funding aren’t adequate


Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday threatened to call legislators back to Austin this summer if they don’t meet his demands for tax relief and money for water projects.

“It should be no surprise that if folks want to go home at the end of this legislative session, send me $1.8 billion worth of tax relief,” Perry told reporters outside the state Capitol.

“Send me a balanced budget that has no fee increases for transportation and $2 billion for infrastructure for water, and everyone can go home and enjoy their summer,” Perry added.

He stopped short of saying he would veto a budget that passes both the Texas House and Senate without $1.8 billion in tax cuts — but not by much.


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