"The governor every year comes in and wants half a billion dollars for the (state) enterprise fund to create jobs and stimulate economic growth and he's going to say we don't want $20 billion?" Dunnam said. "I find it difficult to understand."
Perry said he welcomes federal dollars for one-time infrastructure improvements, such as transportation.
"You've got plenty of roads and re-doing some things down in Galveston County and that part of the state hurt by the hurricane. We'll gladly accept those dollars. But we need to say, 'No, thanks,' if they're trying to stick a bill on the state of Texas to expand government," Perry said.
For the state to get economic stimulus funds, the governor must certify that Texas will use the money to create jobs and promote economic growth. If he declines to do so, however, the Legislature can accept the money on the state's behalf by passing a concurrent resolution.
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