State still tallying amount of money used to pay for Perry’s travel during presidential run

Texas State Capitol (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)
Texas State Capitol (Mark Batchelder/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer the governor, his jet-setting trips for his presidential campaign is still costing Texas taxpayers, according to our partners at the Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is reporting state taxpayers paid more than $1 million a year on average to support Perry’s security detail during his 2012 Presidential Campaign.

The Tribune says one lawmaker wants future office holders to reimburse the state treasury for any out-of-state travel costs that aren’t related to “official state business.”

“I think you lead by example,” Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, told the Tribune. “If you’re going to have conservative government, but you’ve got a security detail, and travel expenses for that security detail [are] picked up by the state, and it’s strictly political activity, there’s no value for the state. Then they should reimburse regardless of what party affiliation.”

Rep. Larson filed his bill in 2013 but ran into strong opposition from Perry.

According to the Tribune, the costs for Perry’s final months in office aren’t available yet, but they expect the final tab will be higher.

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