The air war in the governor's race for the Republican nomination intensified Thursday with Gov. Rick Perry releasing a new commercial.
Perry's ad aims to show how he's working for average Texans, but it s working without all the facts.
Its first claim is that he's kept taxes and spending low.
Thanks Gov. Perry for cutting taxes for 40,000 small businesses, the commercial says.
That is technically true, but the lack of context makes it misleading.
Perry signed a 2006 bill that raised taxes on many businesses before last year's tax cut for some small firms. However, that cut only lasts until 2012. Furthermore, he paid for the small business tax cut by raising taxes on smokeless tobacco.
To keep taxes low, Gov. Rick Perry supports a two-thirds vote of the legislature before taxes can be raised, the ad says.
The claims that Perry cut general revenue twice and supports a constitutional amendment on raising state taxes are true.
No Texas governor has cut more taxes or vetoed more wasteful spending than Perryis another of theads claims.
Not so fast.
Perry has vetoed more spending. Since being the state's longest serving governor, he's reviewed more budgets than any other governor. His campaign claims he's the biggest tax cutter based on the $16 billion school property tax cut passed in 2006, but that was offset by that business tax that raised billions for the state.
Small businesses say they saw little relief.
I don't think you are going to find many people who will be jumping up and down about how happy they are with property taxes, said Will Newton, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business of Texas. They have not gone down. As a matter of fact, they have gone up in many cases.
Perry has produced another well done ad that makes a persuasive point to Republican voters. Although some claims are true, others mislead and are not so fast.
His rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, started airing a new ad Tuesday.
Voters will see commercials from now to the March primary.