$26 million home rehab

"When the Texas Governor's Mansion was officially inaugurated in August 1856, at least some of the Bastrop-pine floors had oilcloth coverings, a stylish touch of the day that caused then-Gov. Elisha Pease to brag about it in a letter to his wife.
"Years later, the floors got makeovers that lasted through the years sanded and refinished many times, no doubt until an arsonist torched the stately Greek Revival landmark on June 8, 2008, and the resulting cascade of firefighting water left the modern wood floors cupped and buckled."
http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/with-restoration-well-under-way-governors-mansion-yields-1993582.html
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wrote:

A typical example of Perry's cut backs. They wanted to spend $27M on it, he said no. Now he brags he "saved" the taxpayers $1M
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harry wrote:

Not really. Texas has a budget surplus and about $9 billion in its "rainy day" fund.
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Last year the (then Democratic) legislature wanted to spend $1B of our "rainy day fund" on roads, to be apportioned "equally" among counties. IOW, Obama's "shovel-ready" boondoggle meets Alabama's old-boy network. The answer was a resounding "NO!", and a Republican legislature (both houses) for the first time in 165 years.
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