You know what you ladies need? A big heaping dose of Rick Perry explaining to you why all this “equal pay” stuff is so silly.
Rick Perry said today it’s “nonsense” to focus on equal pay for women when there are other more important pressing issues like job creation and cutting regulations for business. Perry made the rounds of the morning cable shows Tuesday in New York on his “I’m the Jobs Governor” tour in advance of the 2016 presidential race. Perry stumbled badly in his last race for the White House. But he says he’s looking at another run. “I used to be bucked off those ponies all the time, and my dad would say, ‘Son, get back on.’”
On the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” Perry defended his decision to veto the bill. “Why do we need to muddle up our statutes when we already have laws on books that clearly take care of this?” said Perry. Federal law allows women to sue for equal pay when the discrimination is discovered. State law makes it harder to file suit. Women must go to court within 180 days after the discrimination began, not when it’s discovered. The bill was designed to give women filing suit in state court the same opportunity as in federal court. Perry and Abbott say that’s unnecessary.
Perry says women have fared well in his administration: “I’ve probably had more female chiefs of staff than anybody in Texas history and they get paid well because of the performance they do. I support and lift up women in the state of Texas.” As for the Davis/Abbott dustup over equal pay, Perry said, “If they want to talk about substantive issues in this governor’s race, then let’s talk about tax policy and regulatory policy. But to go focus on this issue, a piece of legislation that we already have laws that protect, is nonsense.”
So buck up, little cowgirls. Rick Perry and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick know what you really need to care about. Don’t you feel so much better now?