KERA has posted video of an interview News Director Shelley Koffler conducted did with Gov. Rick Perry this week focused on the state's looming budget woes.
At recent events, when asked about the size of the state's budget gap, Perry has said the answer won't be know until Comptroller Susan Combs provides her report in January. When Koffler asked Perry for his best guess, he looked to state Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan.
"I will use Sen. Ogden who I happen to think is one of the brightest, most capable, knowledgable people and he said somewhere around $10-11 billion is what the workable shortfall" [is], Perry said.
The state's Legislative Budget Board has esimated the budget gap at $18 billion.
In the ten-minute video, Perry also twice said that Democrat Bill White's focus on the budget forecast shows he's running for the wrong job.
"If he wants to be the budget forecaster for the state of Texas, that's a different job," Perry said. "It's called the comptroller. He obviously ran for the wrong job. He needs to run for comptroller, not governor."
The full video is here.
In a statement from Bill White's campaign emailed this morning, spokeswoman Katy Bacon, said, "Rick Perry's in denial. He refuses to tell the truth about the budget hole he helped create. The whole rationale for his reelection campaign has been that Texas is on firm financial footing, and now that's crumbling right before his eyes."