The group Texans for Rick Perry is reportedly hosting seven dinners in December to raise money from 600 potential campaign donors for a possible presidential run in 2016.
During the dinners, Texas Gov. Perry will appear in a video claiming that he has turned Texas into “a haven of opportunity” with “unparalleled prosperity.”
However, during an interview with The Washington Post, Gov. Perry was asked about the huge gap between the rich and poor in Texas.
“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” said Gov. Perry.
Gov. Perry claimed that since he became the state's governor in 2000 that jobs have increased, which is true.
He also brushed off income inequality a second time, “We don’t grapple with that here.”
However, The Dallas Morning News reports that data by economist Mark Frank shows that Texas "ranks among the worst states for poverty, minimum-wage jobs and the uninsured ... Texas ranks No. 5 for income inequality. Other measures, such as the Gini index, put Texas among the top 10."
Frank also claimed that the top one percent accounted for nearly 21 percent of all the income in Texas.
“Many people are willing to live with income inequality if they believe they have a chance to better themselves,” added Frank, who is a teacher at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Sources: The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post
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