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Lawmakers Question Perry's Funding of National Guard

Criticizing a lack of federal response on border issues, Governor Rick Perry announces deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border on July 21, 2014.
Criticizing a lack of federal response on border issues, Governor Rick Perry announces deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border on July 21, 2014.

Some Texas lawmakers are questioning Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to tap $38 million in unused Texas Department of Public Safety funds to pay for the emergency deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. Perry is citing a provision in the budget that allows him to tap unexpended funds for emergencies without using the more typical “execution authority” of the Legislative Budget Board.

Kevin Eltife, a Republican state senator from Tyler, has served District 1 since 2004.
Kevin Eltife, a Republican state senator from Tyler, has served District 1 since 2004.

GOP Senator Eltife Challenging His Party on Debt, Taxes

State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, is engaged in a long-term campaign to convince his fellow legislators that the state's bond debt is an urgent problem and that tax increases are part of a conservative solution. “If we don’t get our act together and start solving problems, this will be a Democratic state,” Eltife said.