Perry’s retirement, pay boost spark charges of hypocrisy – Houston Chronicle

Perry’s retirement, pay boost spark charges of hypocrisy – Houston Chronicle.

Perry’s retirement, pay boost spark charges of hypocrisy

Published 10:25 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2011

AUSTIN – Unbeknownst to most Texans, Gov. Rick Perry officially retired in January so he could draw early pension benefits worth $7,699 a month, in addition to his annual governor’s salary of $150,000.

Perry’s January retirement – on paper, at least – was revealed Friday when the Federal Elections Commission released the financial disclosure statement the governor was required to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The annuity brings Perry’s total state government-related income to $242,388 a year.

Reaction to news of the unusual arrangement, in which Perry retired as a state employee but remains Texas’ elected governor, was swift and negative.

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Perry, 61, and his staff brushed off the criticism, with the governor telling ABC News, “I think it’d be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.”

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One response to “Perry’s retirement, pay boost spark charges of hypocrisy – Houston Chronicle

  1. Pit

    And that by the man who wants to cut congressmen’s pay in half or even down by 75%. But then, that’s the guy who lives in a 10,000-dollar-a-month mansion, paid by the taxpayer, and also has the Texans pay for his security during his campaign for the Republican nomination instead of having his full campaign coffers pay for it.

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