Those of you who were first exposed to Rick Perry during the GOP primary may know him only as a walking seltzer bottle. But did you know he runs the entire state of Texas—like, the whole thing, from Amarillo to Brownsville and El Paso to Beaumont—and is currently dismantling it as fast as he can?
Perry’s legislature cut $1 billion from higher education during last session’s immolation of the state’s resources and social services. The cuts left universities with huge budget gaps, but the UT regents, appointed by Perry, obeyed the governor’s request for a tuition freeze, meaning the gaps will have to be eliminated through strict spending cuts, like dropping salaries or laying off staff. (This was all despite a several billion dollar rainy day fund…Read More