From Jay Root's story in the Associated Press: “Gov. Perry's temporary digs costs Texas big bucks”
With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
It costs more than $10,000 a month in rent, utilities and upkeep to house Perry in a five-bedroom, seven-bath mansion that has pecan-wood floors, a gourmet kitchen and three dining rooms.
Here is what the taxpayer dollars are going towards, based on great research by Jay Root at the Associated Press:
- $18,000 for “consumables” such as household supplies and cleaning products
- $1,001.46 in window drapes from Neiman Marcus
- $1,000 “emergency repair” for an ice machine
- $700 clothes rack
- $70 for a two-year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine
- $8,400 for maintenance of heated pool
Harold Cook, writing for Letters from Texas, has a suggestion for the Governor: “Substance versus swagger, mansion style”
Here's a stunning money-saving idea: get rid of the $700 clothes rack, or better yet sell it on Craig's List.
Meanwhile you can replace it with this, which you can get for free from any dry cleaner in town:
And another video we'll be posting again and again — the Texas Democratic Party takes Perry to task for his extravagance: