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The Brief: July 14, 2010

Don't look now, but things just got substantive in the governor's race.

BIll White, Rick Perry at their Primary 2010 reception speeches.


Don't look now, but things just got substantive in the governor's race.

Yes, in a summer during which increasingly personal attacks have written the narrative in the fight between Gov. Rick Perry and Bill White, policy dominated the conversation for a second on Tuesday.

And not just any policy — education policy, which Perry spiced up a bit Tuesday with music to Republican ears: tax breaks.

Speaking in El Paso, Perry announced a plan to combat the state's dropout rate by offering $1,500 tax credits to businesses that allow employees two hours off per week to work toward earning a high school dipoma or GED. "This is a tool to tackle a very stubborn and multi-faceted issue — this issue of dropouts," Perry said.

Perry was joined at the announcement by Education Commissioner Robert Scott, whose involvement in recent controversy involving a state agency's evaluation of public schools helped pull the issue of education into the spotlight this week.

Perry's proposal came a day after White again outlined his five-point proposal to combat the dropout rate and expand early childhood education.

Yep, that's two fleshed-out policy proposals making headlines.

But don't expect the substance to last — campaign finance reports are due Thursday, and with news surfacing that a state technology fund ran out of money with Perry's knowledge, expect the horses back in the race before the end of the day.


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