10. A series of vetoes put the Perry poison pen to bipartisan criminal justice reform that would slow the pace of incarceration and provide for alternative funding mechanisms. Meanwhile prison guards remain some of the worst paid workers in the state and, as a result, the state prisons are dangerously under guarded. (In fact, we hear the Governor thinks prison guards should be paid minimum wage for the privilege of putting their lives on the line every day.)Like several other items listed, I don't think this qualifies as "high crimes and misdemeanors," which is the standard required for impeachment. But it does tell us that the Governor's ineffable and harmful veto decisions on criminal justice haven't escaped public notice.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Do irresponsible vetoes count as 'high crimes and misdemeanors'?
Via Burnt Orange Report we learn of a new effort by veteran activist Linda Curtis and the group Independent Texans to impeach Governor Rick Perry, and I was interested to see that complaints about his criminal justice vetoes made the list of top ten reasons they want the Governor gone:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 2:32 PM