AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry will be hosting
a Texas barbeque and fancy inaugural dance for his third
swearing-in ceremony. But the festivities could be overshadowed by
the same-day release of one of the leanest budget proposals in
Corporate donors and wealthy Texans are picking up the $2
million tab for Tuesday's inaugural events, which are being scaled
back from previous years to reflect the tough economic times. The
traditional parade down Congress Avenue was canceled, and
billionaire Red McCombs is footing the bill for the free barbeque
that 10,000 people are expected to attend.
It's still too lavish for some critics.
Texas Democratic Party chairman Boyd Richie says the party is
inappropriate as lawmakers brace for their first look at a budget
that faces down a $27 billion deficit.