Can Texas Use the Rainy Day Fund to Fight Wildfires?

Hey, Texplainer: Why doesn’t Rick Perry use money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help fight the wildfires and assist folks who have lost their homes?

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Perry led the fight to prevent the state's Rainy Day Fund from being used to help fill the state's enormous budget shortfall for the 2012-13 biennium. After an earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated parts of Japan on March 11, Perry cited it as an example of the kind of unexpected catastrophe that could hit Texas — and a reason not to tap the state's ...

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