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Bill White urges Rick Perry to return $161 million in unemployment money from Texas Enterprise Fund

Bill White called on Rick Perry to help small businesses whose payroll taxes have doubled by returning $161 million in unemployment funds taken for the governor's Texas Enterprise Fund.

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The former Houston mayor and Democratic nominee for governor joined a list of former opponents who have questioned Perry's use of the Enterprise Fund, which draws taxpayer money and a portion of payroll taxes to entice businesses to relocate or expand in Texas.

Mark Miner, a spokesman for the Republican incumbent, said that the fund has been essential for attracting companies to the state and is responsible for creating 50,000 jobs in Texas. He said that as mayor, White modeled a Houston program after Perry's Enterprise Fund.

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