The facts of the auditor’s report released Thursday on the administration of Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund are, as the Tribune’s Aman Batheja termed it, “damning.”
How bad? Eleven companies receiving a total of $223.3 million “either did not have to submit a formal application or did not have to promise to create a specific number of direct jobs, or both,” Batheja wrote. And the governor’s office did not make it easy for outsiders to check up on the figures, either. A 2013 report by them, for instance, detailed only the number of jobs that were expected to be created and left out that only 73 percent of those had actually been created.