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Can Texas Use the Rainy Day Fund to Fight Wildfires?

Fireman Bret Deakins of Quinlan puts out a hot spot in a wood pile in Bastrop County on September 9, 2011.
Fireman Bret Deakins of Quinlan puts out a hot spot in a wood pile in Bastrop County on September 9, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry has said the Rainy Day Fund should be preserved as an insurance policy against natural disasters, but Texas can't actually dip into it until the next legislative session — in 2013.