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As Perry visits NY, job funds set for new scrutiny

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Gov. Rick Perry visits New York trying to lure more companies to Texas, lawmakers back home are getting ready to again scrutinize his signature job-creating programs.

A House committee on Thursday is to review funds in Perry’s office that award hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to private companies. Perry says the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund have brought jobs and fostered economic growth.

But the popularity of the programs has waned among some Texas Republicans. Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the favorite to succeed Perry next year, has signaled unease with what he says amounts to the state picking winners and losers.

Perry arrived in New York this week to meet with business owners and encourage them to move to Texas.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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