AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry's Emerging Technology Fund has invested $169 million in commercial firms to create 820 jobs since 2006.
In a report released by the governor's office, the state's investment in 133 high-tech companies is now worth about $174 million. In a statement, the governor office says the increase in the value of the state's investment indicates it is successful.
Perry says the fund helps attract businesses and jobs to Texas, but critics say the state should not be spending taxpayer dollars to invest in private companies.
The Emerging Technology Fund is one of two programs that allow the state to spend money on commercial enterprises.
The Legislature recently passed a law that makes obtaining copies of the contracts between the state and these companies more difficult to review.
That investment cost the state almost 200,000 per job.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.