Two weeks ago I wondered if there might be an issue with Texas receiving stimulus funds for education because of the way these funds had been appropriated in the state budget. I’m pleased to see that the answer is no, there are no problems with receiving the funds.
Vice President Joe Biden assured Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday that the state’s application for $4 billion in federal stimulus money for education will be approved in about two weeks.
“It was a very productive and positive meeting,” Perry said of his conference call with Biden and four other governors.
The governor declined to discuss the specifics of the call, but gubernatorial spokesman Mark Miner said Biden opened the conversation by giving Perry assurances that the federal education money will be flowing to Texas. Perry later in the 45 minute call asked Biden to confirm what he said and the vice president repeated it, Miner said.
Perry also has been blasting the federal government over the stimulus package, but he has been prepared to take $16 billion in stimulus funding for the state. But because his office waited until the last minute to apply for the education stimulus funds last week, there had been some question about whether he would apply for them at all.
Good to know that Perry doesn’t hate teachers and children quite as much as he hates the unemployed. Also nice to see that someone has roused Senator Hutchison from her nap and gotten her to notice that Perry’s public stance on stimulus funds doesn’t exactly square with his actual actions. Gotta start somewhere, I guess.