Questions About $50M Grant for Texas A

March 24, 2009

Texas lawmakers are questioning the authority under which Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, moved funds from one state fund to another so that the latter fund could award a $50 million grant to Texas A&M University for a new research facility on drug treatments and vaccines, The Dallas Morning News reported. Legislators aren't questioning the potential value of the research at Texas A&M, but the process by which Perry moved the funds away from an account that is supposed to be used to close deals to bring new businesses to Texas. The governor's office maintains that there was nothing inappropriate about the transfer. Texas A&M is the governor's alma mater.

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