CASTRO STATEMENT ON CORRUPT USE OF TEXAS TAXPAYER FUNDS
San Antonio, TX â€“ Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released this statement following an independent audit report that shows the corrupt practices of Governor Perryâ€™s Texas Enterprise Fund. A fund that was started under the mandate that beneficiaries would be creating jobs, gave away almost half of the $500 million of taxpayer money to institutions that never promised to create jobs and many that did not even submit applications.
â€œThis independent audit illustrates, once again, how corruption and cronyism have overtaken Texasâ€™ state government, which has led to the frequent abuse of the publicâ€™s trust. It is extremely disturbing that Texansâ€™ hard earned money has been routinely given away without any accountability, seemingly running afoul of the law. Letâ€™s be clear, there should be no double standard here. If some county judge or mayor in Texas committed the same actions theyâ€™d likely be scrutinized for criminal violations. I urge state and federal officials to review this audit for possible violations of the law.â€