Perry Wants Billions For Water Infrastructure, Transportation, And Tax Relief

Jan 29, 2013

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Gov. Rick Perry wants to tap the Rainy Day Fund to spend $3.7 billion on critical water and transportation systems in the state.

In his State of the State speech on Tuesday, Perry said there is more money in the fund than is needed, and that the state should not accumulate any more. He said tapping the fund for a one-time investment in infrastructure was needed to ensure a high quality of life.

Perry also called to use road funding only on transportation projects.

The Republican has for weeks called on the Legislature to cut taxes and continue to hold down government spending — even though Texas' economy is booming. He also called for $1.8 billion in tax relief and said how to do that was still open for consideration.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.