Perry Backed Billions in Tax Hikes
Tea Party favorite not always on Norquist's good side
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2011 4:23 PM CDT
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to workers at Epoch Homes August 18, 2011 in Pembroke, New Hampshire.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – He may be an anti-tax champion now, but Rick Perry has supported billions of dollars in tax hikes throughout his political career—among them the biggest increase that ever occurred in Texas history, the Texas Tribune reports. Just weeks ago, the governor signed an online sales tax provision aimed at raising $60 million over five years. Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform slapped the move with a “new tax” label. And Perry voted for more than 12 tax increases during his six-year stint in the Texas House.

While Perry was a representative, sales tax increased from 4.125% to 6.25%; he voted for several increases alongside Democrats, including the largest in state history in 1987, which raised $5 billion. He also supported tax hikes on corporations, motorists, and liquor. As governor, he established a panel for tax reform that cut property taxes but raised cigarette taxes and subjected many more businesses to a franchise tax. Will all this hurt him in 2012? “People are going to pick at it,” says an analyst. “The question is, will his opponents be able to outmaneuver him to create a high level of dissonance between his record and what he says.”

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Aug 27, 2011 8:27 AM CDT
Rick Perry is an opportunist political POS. He is not Presidential material. His shiny plastic veneer is going to hell very quickly. He is as fake and full of BS as Bachmann and Palin. Totally unacceptable.
Aug 27, 2011 6:56 AM CDT
This is so unfair. You're meant to just listen to what they SAY, not analyse what they actually DO!! Poor misunderstood politicians! Liars.
Aug 27, 2011 5:32 AM CDT
Republican politicians love to raise taxes on the middle class working stiff... then tell everybody they'll never raise taxes. Who fell for their lies? Who votes for the republicans?