Bill McKenzie, editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News, makes an astute and very important observation in his Opinion Blog post this past week...
"Rick Perry was up here in Dallas yesterday [Tuesday] telling a group that legislators shouldn't touch the Rainy Day Fund. It sounded like he thought lawmakers instead should use this opportunity to rearrange government."
"I don't know if the governor has been paying attention or not, but the headlines are daily reporting how legislators are trying to reshape things without hurting the state. So, no one is talking about expanding government.
They are, though, talking about using the Rainy Day Fund to spare people at the margins, keep schools from shortchanging kids and allow the state to keep growing. And those are Republicans saying that, including the heads of the top budget-writing committees."
"If Gov. Perry has a way to do all that without using the Rainy Day Fund, I'm sure those Republicans would like to hear his solutions..."