Day 56 of Rick Perry Refusing to Debate: Does Part-Time Perry Ever Work?

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Today is day 52 of Rick Perry refusing to debate Bill White.

Last week, Bill White held a press conference in Austin to challenge Rick Perry for his ongoing absence from the duties of his office. Labeling him “Part-Time Perry” White and his campaign team laid out the following charges and research:

As the state faces a budget hole of $18 billion, Part-Time Perry continues to charge Texas taxpayers over $9,000 a month in rent and $428.57 an hour for work.

Perry's extravagant rental mansion is worth $1.85 million, 10 times more than the average price for a home in Texas, which is $183,800.

“Texas taxpayers are stuck with the bills for Rick Perry's fancy mansion, his Food & Wine magazine and his one and a half chefs, while Perry charges $428.57 an hour for work,” Bill White said. “He's been a career politician for so long he's forgotten who he serves. Texans deserve a governor who's working for them, not himself, and a governor who works as hard as they do.”

State schedules released last week showed Perry averages just seven hours of work per week.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average work week for Texans is 40 hours.

Perry's state schedules are available at

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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