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6/23/05-Tyler

Governor Perry Visits East Texas To Pitch School Finance Plan

Governor Rick Perry paid a visit to East Texas Friday morning to pitch his plan to put more money into schools. The governor's proposal also includes giving homeowners a break on their property taxes.

The governor paid a brief visit to Tyler's Jet Center as part of an 11-city tour to promote his school finance reform plan. The plan aims to bridge the gap between bills approved by the House and Senate in this year's regular session. Perry's plan includes a record $7 billion in property tax relief and provides $5 billion for public education.

Lawmakers are under court order to fix the state's school finance system after a district judge ruled the system unconstitutional last fall. The state has appealed.  Oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court are scheduled for July 6th.

Oralia Ortega reporting, oralia@kltv.com

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