NPT Capitol: Gov. Perry’s ‘pot of gold,’ and a response from Rep. Chavez
From the Dallas Morning News, Some question Perry’s transfer of funds to Texas A&M:
Gov. Rick Perry’s office used $50 million intended to lure new businesses to Texas to fund a new research facility at his alma mater.
Texas A&M University’s National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing will help researchers advance production processes for new vaccines and drug therapies. But some lawmakers are voicing concerns with the way Perry’s office funded it – moving $50 million from the state’s deal-closing fund into an account used for new technology programs.
While this grant appears to be a done deal, some lawmakers say they may try to pass legislation to bar such fund transfers in the future. Meanwhile, Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, has filed a bill to heighten reporting requirements for the Emerging Technology Fund. Pitts has signed onto the measure.
“Here’s this big pot of gold going to the governor with nobody questioning it,” Chavez said. “The taxpayer needs to be protected.”