He knows Texans are furious and aren’t buying his con anymore.

What’s he trying to hide?

Here’s what you and your family are living with because of Rick Perry’s failings.

Perry’s record on the education of your children:

  • Oversaw a 72% increase in college tuition ratesi
  • Vetoed full day pre-kindergarten for our kidsii
  • Let Texas become the state with the highest percent of adults without a high-school diplomaiii
  • Let a greater share of children go uninsured than any other stateiv
  • Ignored Texas has the highest teenage birthrate in the countryv

Perry’s record on the energy you use and the environment you live in:

  • Allowed polluters to release more cancer-causing toxins into the air than any other statevi
  • Fast-tracked permits for eleven new, dirty coal plants, adding to the risk of asthma and premature deathvii
  • Deregulated electricity rates, letting utility bills rise faster than the national averageviii

Perry’s record on the Texas economy, employment and your money:

  • Has overseen the highest unemployment in 22 yearsix
  • Created the largest budget deficit in Texas history – $18 billion and countingx
  • Raised unemployment taxes on small businesses to the highest level in 10 yearsxi
  • Let homeowner insurance companies jack up their rates to the highest in the nationxii
  • Ran the Texas Enterprise Fund less as a job-creation agency, and more as a slush fund to reward his rich donorsxiii
  • Broke his “No New Taxes” pledge by unfairly expanding the gross receipts tax to more small and medium-sized businesses, costing them billionsxiv

But Perry’s not suffering, instead he’s living lavishly. When he’s not in San Francisco begging for cash from his big business buddies, Perry’s cowering in his $1.85 million mansion flipping through the pages of his Food and Wine magazine – all paid for by your tax dollars.

But Perry is not about to face up to his own extravagant life style at your expense, instead he blames the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Legislature for making him live in his fancy, taxpayer-funded, $10,000 rental mansion, claiming “It’s up to them.”

Rick Perry is afraid to face the truth about his record. And he’s even more afraid to face Texans.
With a record like his is it any wonder why?

For more facts about Rick Perry’s disastrous record, download your latest copy of Texas on the Brink.

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i Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, “Tuition and Fees Data” http://www.scribd.com/full/36173787?access_key=key-zwjiku03j7fba4j83i5

ii HB 130, 81st session. Relating to an enhanced quality full-day prekindergarten program provided by public school districts in conjunction with community providers.

iii Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years and Over, By State, Including Margin of Error. https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0At-rSDaqOzMEdHBXTEN1VUkyS0RtTjFVdUdlTmE1YVE&hl=en&output=html

iv Health Insurance Coverage of Children 0-18, states (2007-2008), Kaiser Family Foundation. http://statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=127&cat=3

v “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.” Guttmacher Institute, January 2010.

vi States with reported releases of recognized carcinogens to air. http://scorecard.org/ranking/rank-states.tcl?how_many=100&drop_down_name=Recognized+carcinogens+to+air

vii “A Texas Mess Over Coal; Proposed plants have stirred a clean-air uproar.” US News & World Report, Nov. 26, 2006. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/061126/4coal.htm
“The Health Risks of Burning Coal for Energy.” Environmental Defense Fund, Sept. 5, 2006. http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?contentID=5433

viii Average Retail Price of Electricity to Ultimate Customers by End-Use Sector, by State, Year-to-Date through May 2010 and 2009. US Energy Information Administration. http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_b.html

ix Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/lauhsthl.htm

x “A hole in the heart of Texas. Not quite coasting through the recession.” The Economist, June 8, 2010.

xi Historical tax rate information, Texas Workforce Commission. http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/tax/uitaxrates.html

xii U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Statistical Abstract. Banking, Finance & Insurance table 1187 – Renters and Homeowners Insurance–Average Premiums by State. http://www.scribd.com/doc/36173939

xiii “Recession Pounds Perry’s Jobs Fund.” Texans for Public Justice, Jan. 27, 2010. http://info.tpj.org/watchyourassets/enterprise2/index

xiv “Standing Firm: Nearly 100 days into his first term, Gov. Perry is sticking to his ‘no new taxes’ pledge.” San Antonio Express-News, April 27, 2003. http://www.scribd.com/doc/36173907
“Small businesses urge Texas to revise franchise tax.” Dallas Morning News, Feb. 27, 2009. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/legislature/stories/DN-franchisetax_07bus.ART.State.Edition1.4c186ca.html