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Did Perry Slash the Volunteer Fire Fighter Budget?
National Review ^ | 9-7-2011 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 09/07/2011 12:45:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Did Perry Slash the Volunteer Fire Fighter Budget?

By Katrina Trinko

September 07, 2011

Talking to MNSBC host Larry O’Donnell last night, former Perry opponent Jim Hightower accused Rick Perry of making draconian cuts to the volunteer fire fighter budget — no small accusation, considering the wildfires in Texas. 

“Perry with his Republican supermajority in the legislature managed to slash the budget of the volunteer fire departments in our state by 75 percent in the last legislative session. We don’t have firefighters enough to come to fight these fires. People’s homes are burning down because of his failure,” Hightower said.

A news story from Texas ABC Texas KVUE backs up Hightower’s charge, reporting in March that “state funding for volunteer fire departments is taking a big hit. It is going from $30 million to $7 million.”

The Perry campaign did not challenge the numbers, but spokesman Mark Miner e-mailed this response:

The Volunteer Firefighter Assistance Account appropriation for the 2012-13 biennium is comparable to amounts included in previous budgets signed by Gov. Perry. A one-time increase in funding for the 2010-11 biennium included funding for recommended capital costs like new equipment. Included below are the appropriations amounts for the Texas Forest Service for each budget signed by Gov. Perry. The Volunteer Firefighter Service Account is included in the total Texas Forest Service appropriation.

 The Texas legislature traditionally makes supplemental appropriations to provide additional funding to cover unexpected costs related to disasters, including wildfires. This year, the legislature approved $121 million in supplemental spending of this sort. The threat of unpredictable natural disasters including as wildfires is precisely why Gov. Perry insisted that Texas’ 2012-13 budget not include any spending from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, which currently has an estimated balance of $6.5 billion.

 Texas Forest Service appropriations    

Biennium      Total (in millions)

2002 – 2003   $43.5

2004 – 2005   $70.6

2006 – 2007   $72.4

2008 – 2009   $75.2

2010 – 2011   $109.2

2012 – 2013   $75.4



TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: jimhightower; larryodonnell; mslsd; perry; wildfires
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A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get it's boots on.


1 posted on 09/07/2011 12:45:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: shield

ping


2 posted on 09/07/2011 12:47:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

And why exactly does anyone even care what Highower says?

He is the very definition of liberal failure.


3 posted on 09/07/2011 12:48:12 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: smoothsailing

Moot. The Federal Government has taken over and is sending the volunteers home.


4 posted on 09/07/2011 12:50:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Da Coyote

MSNBC cares. Them and some strange people on FR. :)


5 posted on 09/07/2011 12:50:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Imagine that!!! A dim (Hightower) that lies.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 12:50:44 PM PDT by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: DManA

The Federal Government has taken over and is sending the volunteers home.


All of the fires or just the Bastorp County fire which is largest one?


7 posted on 09/07/2011 12:52:16 PM PDT by deport
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To: DManA
Moot

Not moot, a lie is still a lie.

Why in the world would the volunteers be sent home. What's that all about?

8 posted on 09/07/2011 12:52:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: mathluv
I didn't know that little pussy, Hightower, was still around.

Texas libs, like Doggett, Hightower, etc., make me want to barf.

9 posted on 09/07/2011 12:53:28 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: DManA
Moot.

Like hell it is.

Who's bright idea was it to cut the firefighting budget in the middle of an epic statewide drought anyway?

10 posted on 09/07/2011 12:54:32 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: smoothsailing

Another “low” for Hightower.


11 posted on 09/07/2011 12:56:51 PM PDT by Enough is ENOUGH
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To: DManA
Moot. The Federal Government has taken over and is sending the volunteers home.

I am not 'itching' about firefighters the state is in peril.. AND I am NOT pointing fingers of blame, it cannot be a surprise or a shock to now have fires given the drought and searing heat over these past several months. I take NO pleasure over the suffering of not only the people, but the animals as well.

I had to say all that so some hypersensitive person might take what I want to say as being something it has NO intent.

WE the rest of US are "the Federal Government", which means the rest of US are helping Texas to get the fires put out.

12 posted on 09/07/2011 12:57:38 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: smoothsailing

Who knew Hightower was still alive?

Hello, we’re the government and we’re here to help. Who asked for the feds help is what I want to know? This isn’t National Forest lands. We had help from other Texas firefighters but they’re being sent home by the feds.


13 posted on 09/07/2011 1:02:43 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: mac_truck

The budget wasn’t “cut”. 2011 budget was at or slightly higher than the normal historical levels. 2010 was higher than normal due to one-time expenditures for new equipment and other capital items and was never intended to be a new baseline.


14 posted on 09/07/2011 1:02:53 PM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: Da Coyote

And if its true, its even better. It shows the man has courage to slash spending on popular programs. Slashing any spending is not a negative in my book.


15 posted on 09/07/2011 1:03:36 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: smoothsailing

16 posted on 09/07/2011 1:03:55 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: smoothsailing

It appears that a lot of people in Texas do not like Rick Perry.

It is beyond me how he got elected for 3 terms, if he is so bad.

I do not know yet what to think about Perry except that he appears to be what is needed to whip Obama , and he is head and shoulders above Romney.

Now if Sarah comes in I won’t have a problem picking a candidate, but a lot of people do not like her either.

It’s kinda tough, but I realise that a lot of people didn’t like Jesus Christ either. I guess even someone who is perfect has enemies. If Sarah doesn’t run I will probably, more than likely, almost certainly vote ,for Perry.

Unless I find out he hasn’t got a Birth Certificate.His mother was married to a drunken Kenyan bigamist and he hates whites.


17 posted on 09/07/2011 1:04:47 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: smoothsailing; All

I would look carefully to see if these fires were set.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 1:07:30 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: smoothsailing
Jim Hightower = Liberal Nut
19 posted on 09/07/2011 1:07:37 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: mac_truck
Like hell it is. Who's bright idea was it to cut the firefighting budget in the middle of an epic statewide drought anyway?

You're getting all worked up about nothing. There is no cut to current operations or current budgets. Funding is made available as needed. The budget that is being falsely claimed to have been cut is the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which has no relation to fires raging today.

20 posted on 09/07/2011 1:09:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Venturer; All

Where was Hightower when these fires started, does he have an alibi?


21 posted on 09/07/2011 1:10:10 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

22 posted on 09/07/2011 1:11:02 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Da Coyote
And why exactly does anyone even care what Highower says?

He tries to be a male Molly Ivins. His talk show was a big flop, as are all the liberal talk shows. Another indication that America is conservative is that there are hundreds of successful conservative talk shows and no successful liberal talk shows, that I know of. Therefore, why should conservatives care what the mythical "moderates" think? They are just a figment of the liberal media's imagination.

23 posted on 09/07/2011 1:16:15 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: smoothsailing

Another smear corrected.


24 posted on 09/07/2011 1:17:42 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: Venturer

If you can judge a man by his enemies, I’d say Perry is just what we need.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 1:17:58 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: CajunConservative
Would you please ‘cite’ where this blog corrects anything?

Perry of all people would know what he did for algore... and according to this ‘story’ that is NOT written...

I am alllll for correct records, but since I read this, I cannot take anyone having credibility to claim this piece corrects anything.

26 posted on 09/07/2011 1:20:42 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: CajunConservative
Another smear corrected.

Yep, but they just move on to the next one. What lowlifes.

I don't know why the mods put up with these Perry smear merchants on Free Republic.

27 posted on 09/07/2011 1:24:21 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Just mythoughts

The fiscal year just began this week. The budget cuts haven’t gone into effect yet. They were given additional funding for equipment upgrades last fiscal year and there is a large rainy day fund to tap into if there is a need. This is simply politicking at its’ worst.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 1:29:15 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: DManA

The takeover in Bastrop and turning away trained certified Volunteer Firemen is not half the FedGov story, Drudge has a link about how nobama has cancelled the contract for firefighter water bomb aircraft and has idled almost half the fleet in the US. The contract was cancelled even though the planes in question are fully operational and FAA approved.


29 posted on 09/07/2011 1:31:47 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: oldtimer
Yep, I used to laugh every time I'd see that little pip-squeak in that big 10 gallon Hat. Talk about a BS slingin' liberal pansy. He really is one of the worst liberal voices to come out of the Lone Star State.

Every time I see him, I get an itch to get a rope and find a tall tree.
30 posted on 09/07/2011 1:36:19 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: smoothsailing
Yep, but they just move on to the next one. What lowlifes.

I don't know why the mods put up with these Perry smear merchants on Free Republic.

That's okay, it appears their tactics are starting to backfire. Maybe not here yet but definitely on the other blogs, news sites and other places.

31 posted on 09/07/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: mac_truck

Can you read? The story clarifies that last year’s budget was inflated because of special equipment authorizations signed by Perry, 2012 is not a budget reduction.

Texas Forest Service appropriations

Biennium Total (in millions)

2002 – 2003 $43.5

2004 – 2005 $70.6

2006 – 2007 $72.4

2008 – 2009 $75.2

2010 – 2011 $109.2

2012 – 2013 $75.4


32 posted on 09/07/2011 1:36:48 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Venturer

Got news for you...most Texans do like Rick Perry. You’ve only seen a very small number of Texans that don’t like him which would be expected in a state as large as Texas. Don’t buy into the bs ‘cause it just ain’t true.


33 posted on 09/07/2011 1:37:44 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: smoothsailing

We’ve got a huge rainy day fund that is set aside for emergencies just like this.


34 posted on 09/07/2011 1:38:51 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: dusttoyou

0bama is a damn psychopath and pure evil. Four people have died from these fires.


35 posted on 09/07/2011 1:39:13 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: Venturer

Don’t beleive all the huff n puff the rabid overzealous ronpaul like Perry Derangement coyotes who run to every Perry thread with half truth distorted smears, MOST Texas conservatives like Perry, and that is precisely why he has been re-elected twice and is both our longest serving Governor and our most conservative.


36 posted on 09/07/2011 1:42:49 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: CajunConservative
This is simply politicking at its’ worst.

IF you think my intent had anything to do with politicking, it is NOT even worth my time to say otherwise.

Some are NOT happy the Feds finally showed up.... honestly, I have NO clue what help, other than rain looks like. I will say to you the words Federal Government means all of US, because without taxing US they the 'Federal Government' would NOT exist.

37 posted on 09/07/2011 1:44:12 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: smoothsailing
Did Perry Slash the Volunteer Fire Fighter Budget?

Maybe so. But volunteer firefighters are still showing up to help fight the wildfires in Texas, and the federal government is turning them away.

38 posted on 09/07/2011 1:45:04 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: arrogantsob

No doubt in one of those Austin “massage” parlors TexDims and ronpaulnutz claim against Perry. (notice how ronpaul’s “Sex with Perry” newspaper ad has not drawn flyes??!!)


39 posted on 09/07/2011 1:47:40 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: CajunConservative

Nobama will wish he had not Messed With Texas.


40 posted on 09/07/2011 1:51:48 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Da Coyote
Calling Jim Hightower a liberal is like calling Bill Ayers a liberal professor.

I remember watching Hightower talking on some television program one time completely agog, thinking "How can anyone from Texas be this far left of center?" He made Molly Ivins seem like a moderate Republican.

Hightower is one of the biggest jokes in Texas.

Talk about "all hat and no cattle."


41 posted on 09/07/2011 1:56:31 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: mathluv

“Imagine that!!! A dim (Hightower) that lies.”

Imagine that!!! The lie was then picked up by more than a few Perry-bashing Freepers who should have known better. Sanity has left the building.


42 posted on 09/07/2011 1:58:24 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: dusttoyou

This frames the real fight we are in. We must focus on the real goal of ousting him out of office.


43 posted on 09/07/2011 1:59:29 PM PDT by CajunConservative ( Leadership. It is defined by action, not position.)
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To: mac_truck
Like hell it is. Who's bright idea was it to cut the firefighting budget in the middle of an epic statewide drought anyway?

Are you reading impaired my good man?.

First...the HUGE jump between 09-10 and 10-11 was OBVIOUSLY not meant to be the new baseline. You will also notice...we are still in FY 2011. the 2012 budget hasn't started yet.

So...no budget was cut. The increase was one time expenses. Only in teh mind of a warped DEMOCRAT is this a budget cut....and that is where you made your error...by believing a democrat.

You should be more careful next time. Remember: They lie about everything.

44 posted on 09/07/2011 2:04:41 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: smoothsailing

Dear Perry fans: Your man is about to be Palinized.

Expect 100 more of these broadsides and remember “it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.” Though false, the numbers and data are arcane enough to fool most reporters and the charges will circulate and recirculate through the next 18 months. Jon Stewart will sling lots of mockery and crockery, abetted by Mr. Stevie and the late-nighters.

That is what you are up against. We feel your pain.

My question is, when the process is finished, and Perry has been (unfairly) made radioactive, will Palin or Perry look like the better candidate?


45 posted on 09/07/2011 2:39:39 PM PDT by cookcounty ("I love loving him," --brilliant Matha's Vinyud liberal explaining her support for Obama)
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To: cookcounty
will Palin or Perry look like the better candidate?

Palin is not now and is not going to be a candidate. Obama outpolls her in Alaska, for goodness sake.

46 posted on 09/07/2011 2:44:22 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: dusttoyou

I went and read the story. Bizarre. CEO contribute to the wrong party?


47 posted on 09/07/2011 3:24:08 PM PDT by DManA
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To: MEGoody

Maybe so. But volunteer firefighters are still showing up to help fight the wildfires in Texas, and the federal government is turning them away.
********************************************

I found this at the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas

http://www.sffma.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=574

Notices for Firefighter Assistance Needed in Texas

Postby admin on Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:07 pm
Fire Service,

Evidently there is some very strange rumors, calls, etc being made about assisting Texas Fire Departments with the devastating wildfires.

To dispell any myths:
*There is NOT and ALL call for any firefighter, retired firefighter or want to be firefighter
*There is not a phone number that the public or firefighters call to offer assistance
*Some of our members have reported receiving an automated call asking for firefighters. We DON’T know where this is coming from or what company is doing it. If you get a call like this please let us know.

Remember - -
*Resources MUST be requested by the department needing assistance
*Current firefighters in a recognized fire department shoud request the Chief to offer assistance to the TIFMAS Regional Coordinator. If you don’t know who your TIFMAS Coordinator is or would like to offer your department’s assistance please email TIFMAS State Coordinator Joe Florentino at jflorentino@littleelm.org
*For Wildland deployments, S130/190 class is highly recommended but not required
*Personnel should be self sufficient for 72 hours
*Deployments are typically 7days

If you have any questions please contact Director Barron at cbarron @ sffma.org


48 posted on 09/07/2011 3:37:18 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: DManA

You are probably dead on. The Shitcago way. Sort of the old mob protection racket.


49 posted on 09/07/2011 3:48:27 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" and ronpaul are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: DManA
It looks like it's the Forest Service wanting its' own fleet. Grow that gov't! I'm sure THAT has something to do with unions.

7/29/11

Forest Service cancels air tanker contract

*snip*

Gourley said the FAA in April expressed some concerns about the company’s flying certificates, which he equated to a driver’s license, so Aero Union voluntarily grounded its fleet while the issue was sorted out. Soon after, the aircraft received permission to fly for the rest of the wildfire season.

His aircraft were last inspected six weeks ago, he said. “And midseason, it was ‘Oops, we changed our mind,’” he said. “We’re kind of sitting here befuddled when everything has been approved.”

Gourley said he believes the termination of his company’s contract is part of a larger effort by the Forest Service to own a fleet of aircraft rather than rely on private contractors.

“So what they’re doing is precipitating a crisis. They’ve trumped up this maintenance issue, which doesn’t exist, and decided to use that against us,” he said.

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18580461?nclick_check=1

50 posted on 09/07/2011 3:49:41 PM PDT by Irenic
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