Thanks Rick Perry: Texas Oil Refineries Set to Rip Off Schools, Poor People
Rick Perry is predicted to drop out of the GOP race for President- and hopefully he does else this delicious little nugget of a news piece will be broadened to the whole of America if this man is elected in 2012.
How ridiculous is this? Oil companies are getting money that would’ve normally went to public schools, roads, etc.? I swear, reading news headlines such as this make me feel more and more like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. -Grant J. Kidney
Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation’s largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million – money Texas’ cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.
The property tax refund would mean more pain for some communities after a year in which state lawmakers grappled with a $27 billion shortfall and slashed spending on public schools by more than $4 billion. Nearly half the refund would be taken from public schools, and those in cities where the refineries are based would be hurt most.
“We were already cut at the knees as it is, but more cuts? It’s appalling,” said Patricia Gonzales, a single mother of 13-year-old twins at Park View Intermediate School in Pasadena, a refinery town just south of Houston. Gonzales is president of the school’s new parent-teacher organization, formed this summer after the state budget cuts left the school lacking everything from pencils to paper towels.
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Source: Huffington Post