Gov. Rick Perry
Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, told CNN Friday that the government shouldn't even set a minimum wage, let alone increase it.
Perry appeared on a "Crossfire" panel with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who said Illnois is grateful to President Barack Obama for "saving the American auto industry" and creating jobs in his state.
"And I still haven't heard from Rick about the minimum wage," Quinn added.
“I don’t think — I don’t think it’s government’s business to be setting the minimum wage out there,” Perry said. “And even the CBO said if you want to get rid of a half a million jobs between now and 2016, raise the minimum wage.”
The report from the Congressional Budget Office projected that raising minimum wage would increase wages for 16.5 million people and reduce employment by an average of 500,000 workers.
“Here’s the issue, Pat, and you’ve got to believe this,” Perry continued. “At a time when jobs are at a premium in this country, the last thing you want to be doing is put policies into place that will kill jobs, and not only–”
“Putting purchasing power in the hands of consumers, they’re going to spend the money,” interrupted Quinn.
“And to tell the people that don’t have a job today, ‘I’m sorry but to help these folks over here, you’re not gonna have a job.’ That is the wrong message,” Perry said.
“The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says every dollar you raise on the minimum wage creates $2,800 in purchasing power. Seventy percent of our economy are consumers buying things,” Quinn argued.
Many employers in the US are cutting back their number of workers because they don't want to pay for their health insurance coverage.
However, restaurant owner Michael De Beye is actually trying to sell his business in order to save an employee, Brittany Mathis, who has a brain tumor, but no health insurance coverage, notes RawStory.com (video below).
Mathis can't even afford to find out if her tumor is benign or malignant, which could mean life or death.
Unfortunately, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) refused to expand Medicaid for low-income residents under Obamacare, which would instantly cover about 1 million Texans, notes TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Gov. Perry claimed last year that expanding Medicaid for uninsured Texans was "like putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic," noted The New York Times.
But Governor Perry is nowhere to be found when real people face a health care crisis in their life.
"I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting," Mathis told KHOU. "So, they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumor."
Brittany and her mom both work for De Beyer's Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery, Texas.
"I just can't be standing by and doing nothing," stated De Beyer. "I have to try something because it's not right. Here's a family, they really work hard they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open they didn't even ask anybody for help."
De Beyer believes his restaurant may be worth as much as $2 million.
"I really think it’s an amazing blessing and can't thank him enough and his family," added Mathis. "Never thought that anybody would do that and he did and it makes me feel really good."
A Texas district attorney is allowed to keep her job after she admitted to drunk driving.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty to criminal drunk-driving charges in April.
Afterward, Travis County Attorney David Escamilla filed a petition asking for Lehmberg to be removed from office.
County sheriff's deputies testified in court that she was rude, loud, angry and belligerent in jail. Authorities said she was combative and had to be strapped into a restraint chair.
The image above shows her kicking the door at Travis County jail. Her arrest video appears below.
Shortly after her arrest, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) called for her resignation. Lehmberg refused.
Assistant Travis County Attorney Jim Collins argued that keeping Lehmberg in office would harm the public interest.
"It is nothing else but by the grace of God that we're here for a removal hearing and not a funeral," he said in his closing arguments. "She lies even under oath. Mostly she lies about what she drinks."
State District Judge David Peeples ruled in Lehmberg's favor last week, Courthouse News Service reported.
After the ruling, Lehmberg promised the community to "keep doing the right thing, like I always have."
"Obviously, I am relieved," she said outside the courtroom. "This has been a long eight months. First of all, I want to apologize again for my behavior. I think I have said over and over again that is was inexcusable and I have tried to do everything I can to fix it. ... I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my attempt to regain the confidence of this community."
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry applauded a Florida jury after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday.
“I think our justice system is colorblind,” Perry told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday’s “State of the Nation.”
“I will suggest that two extraordinarily capable teams laid out the issues and that jury made the right decision from their stand point,” he added.
In a recent New York Times editorial, the Texas governor was criticized for executing a disproportionate number of black convicts during his time in office.
Pat Quinn, the Democratic governor of Illinois, where concealed carry just became legal this month, said he was “heartbroken” at the jury’s decision. Quinn believes the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law should be struck down, although Zimmerman gave up his opportunity to make a case for standing his ground in a pretrial hearing.
“I don’t think that’s a good law,” Quinn said regarding Stand Your Ground. “We don’t have it in Illinois, and we don’t want it."
In May, a Florida mother of three was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband and was sentenced to a minimum 20 years in prison. While they both argued self-defense in their trials, there are several differences between Marissa Alexander’s case and George Zimmerman’s. While no one was harmed when Alexander fired a gun, Zimmerman fatally shot a 17-year-old. Zimmerman is a Hispanic male, whereas Alexander is black and female.
The Texas Senate will begin its second special session Monday as Republicans vow to pass the abortion legislation filibustered by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis last week.
The measure would create sweeping abortion restrictions in the state. Davis’ 11-hour filibuster might have taken the GOP by surprise, an element she says bill opponents will not have this time around.
"They mismanaged the clock terribly last time, and they also ran roughshod over a lot of our senate rules and traditions to try to ram this bill through," Davis told CBS in an interview on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. "They'll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday.”
He added: “But, what they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country, are watching and they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process. If people continue to see that their voices are being ignored I think we're going to see a long-term sustained response to that in the state of Texas."
Gov. Rick Perry called the second special session after the filibuster. On Thursday, Perry even admonished Davis, who was a teen mother herself, by saying she should “learn from her own example.” Perry said that as a mother Davis should know that "every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential."
"I've been in the political arena for some time, and it takes a lot to offend me," Davis told CBS. "But what I was offended about was the statement it makes on behalf of women throughout the state of Texas. I think it showed disregard for the fact we all we each own our own personal history, we make choices and have the opportunity to take chances that present themselves to us. What this is about is making sure that women across the state of Texas have the same opportunity to make those choices and have the same chances that I had."
Opponents who packed the state capitol last week are promising to continue their fight and rally at the Capitol on Monday.
"I just refuse to say I believe it will happen," Davis said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "I'm an eternal optimist. I believe in people; I believe in the power of democracy. And I'm going to fight with every fiber I have to keep it from passing."
The proposed legislation would create a number of costly restrictions on abortion clinics that would cause many across the state to shut down. The law also bans abortions after 20 weeks.
The special session begins at 2 p.m. Monday, and the bill could come up in committee as early at Tuesday.