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Tom Craddick-Let Texans Eat Cake- Perry Cuts Budgets for State Agencies, Craddick Spends on Member's Lounge

31 October 2008 at 12:01:50 PM

You know, it isn't just that every other agency is being asked to tighten belts or that it's really crass that the House Speaker Craddick is spending money to put in a posh member's lounge. It's also stick-in-your-eye details like this.

House accountant Steve Adrian said state representatives have long complained that their private lounge, just off the House floor, was shabby compared with the one state senators have.

"We always get remarks that the Senate has a nicer one than they do," Adrian said. "We’re trying to update ours as well." Adrian could not provide an estimated price tag for the renovation.

On Oct. 10, the House paid $30,600 to Austin-based Vintage Materials Supply Co., which sells antique wood. Adrian said the purchase might be related to the installation of new wood cabinets.

Guess who's coordinating it. Tony Goolsby of Dallas, who apparently has no problem spending taxpayer money for this. Incidentally, I was listening to NPR the other day and heard something about Goolsby and environmental group  Texas League of Conservation Voters, who called out Goolsby on his lies about his environmental record. Audio here.

In a recent profile of the House District 102 race Republican Tony Goolsby said he was proud of having supported clean environmental initiatives including alternative forms of energy, like wind and solar and nuclear.

Goolsby: "I know we're working hard with the Texas air quality. Power plants that are being built are going to add on to the nuclear which helps the fresh clean air. The new coal plants are not going to be putting out as much carbon monoxide."

The Texas League of Conservation Voters fired back saying Goolsby voted against clean air and energy bills 10 out of 13 times during the 2007 legislative session. Among the votes cited, one in favor of fast tracking coal fired power plants and giving them tax breaks; his vote to give nuclear plants property tax breaks, and Goolsby's vote against installing more air quality monitors in the Dallas area. James Canup, executive director of the conservation group says Goolsby's voting record back to 1999 has earned him an environmental rating lower than the average Texas House Republican.

Canup: "Representative Goolsby averaged a score of 24-percent. That is, of the environmental votes tracked in the Texas House only 24-percent of the time was he casting a vote in favor of the environmental community's position."

In his interview with KERA Goolsby also talked about his support of wind energy.

Goolsby: "Well, you know, Texas leads the nation in wind energy."

But Canup says the Dallas incumbent was one of only 16 House members among 150 who voted against a measure designed to fix a loophole that limited the growth of wind energy.

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