Perry’s retirement, pay boost spark charges of hypocrisy
By GARY SCHARRER and RICHARD S. DUNHAM, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
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.
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.”
Read the full story here: The Houston Chronicle
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