AUSTIN, Texas — State leaders have authorized the payment of millions of dollars in bills that had been stacking up from companies that helped with emergency services after September's Hurricane Ike.
Jack Colley, the state's emergency management director, told lawmakers this week that the state has $134 million in unpaid bills and that vendors have been calling demanding payment. Gov. Rick Perry's office blamed the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the delay.
But in a letter Wednesday to agencies involved, Perry directed $145 million be transferred to the state's Division of Emergency Management to pay the bills from the Sept. 13 hurricane.