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Perry charges Texas taxpayers $2.6 million for security in his failed presidential run Print E-mail
Written by Terri Hall   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Link to article here.

Where did this taxpayer money for Perry's security detail come from? Gas taxes (read about it here)! Perry's been running around saying there's "no money to fix our roads without tolls," all the while he's draining the scarce gas tax we do have to make Texas taxpayers pay for his security during his failed run for President.

Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign security detail bill is in, ready to be added to the pile of taxpayer-funded security tabs
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012, 01:24PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
Texas Tribune

Rick perry in Iowa

At $2.6 million, it might not be considered much of a bargain, but the Texas Department of Public Safety actually performed two services while on Gov. Rick Perry’s wanna-be-president security detail.

The first one was obvious, if pricey. The invaluable second was to remind taxpayers who has their best interests at heart when it comes to spending the money government coerces from them.

Gov. Perry spends nearly six months on the inaptly named stump, surrounded by DPS officers. He then returns to his home state and brazenly refuses to refund to taxpayers the cost for his protection.

Texas taxpayers know this because of the vigilance of Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, the leader of the opposition party in the House, the Texas Tribune reports.
"One way to protect taxpayers' money is by not spending it unnecessarily," Farrar wrote in a letter to the governor obtained by the Tribune. "But, if someone discovers tax dollars have been spent unnecessarily, it should be reimbursed either to general revenue or directly to taxpayers."

The necessity of the Texas governor’s security has been a matter of DPS policy at least as far back as 1999 when Gov. George Bush ran up a $3.9 million security bill he left behind for taxpayers on his way to Washington.

This DPS policy and all state agency policies are subject to review, revision and abrogation by Farrar and her colleagues in the House and the Senate.

Courageous Republicans, too, have come to the aid of taxpayers, flaying the cost of security for the Democrat-in-chief as he frolicked with his family on Hawaiian beaches.

Clearly, the cost of security for our candidates is out of control, as any Democrat can tell you when there are Republicans to protect or when important Democrats need protecting.

And just as clearly, it won’t be the Republican or the Democratic national committees relieving our burden.

Perhaps the more important question is whether or not candidates need all this security to begin with. The answer might come from the remaining Texan in this presidential race.

During the Iowa caucuses in December, a reporter for the National Journal was taking advantage of the breakfast buffet at the Embassy Suites hotel when in walks Ron Paul. Alone.

Paul made his way along the buffet line and sat down for breakfast, just himself and a copy of USA Today. When the reporter walked over to get an exclusive, Paul executed his own security at no charge to any taxpayer.

"Right now, the only thing that bothers me,” he told the reporter, “is people who don't respect my privacy enough to leave me alone for five minutes when I'm eating breakfast."
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TxDOT Exec resigns

Link to article here.

Question now is, his replacement will be named AFTER the Legislature leaves. So will the new Director keep the status quo, or lead the agency to restore the public trust?

TxDOT chief executive Amadeo Saenz to resign

2:57 PM Wed, Jan 26, 2011 | Dallas Morning News
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Texas Department of Transportation executive director Amadeo Saenz resigned today, just weeks after a hand-picked panel of advisors urged his bosses to make leadership changes at the highest levels.

He will remain in his spot, however, until Aug. 31.

Saenz, who has been chief executive of the 12,000-employee agency since 2007, is the first hispanic to lead the department, which is famous for its tradition of hiring from within. Saenz joined the department 33 years ago in Pharr District.

"Throughout the course of his career, Amadeo has earned a reputation as a leader and coalition builder, and earned the respect and trust of his peers across the country, our partners here in Texas, and most importantly, his employees.

"Amadeo has served his state with honor and integrity. TxDOT is a better agency today thanks to his leadership," said Deirdre Delisi, the chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, the five-member panel that oversees the agency.