Rick Perry Slashes 2011-12 Texas Firefighting Budget by 29.4%

Wildfires around Bastrop, Texas, early September 2011

Fire fighters in Texas are routinely buying their own fuel and gear, according to a report in today’s Huffington Post. Apparently, Governor Rick Perry signed off on a 29.4% cut to the state’s 2011-2012 firefighting budget. Locally, assistance grants to volunteer fire departments have been cut by 55%.

Also see this article by Rachel Farris on Alternet.

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