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Perry's Texas legacy unraveling as he leaves

Published On: Jun 04 2014 02:40:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 04 2014 02:40:58 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

 If Texas Gov. Rick Perry opts to make a second presidential run, his business-friendly policies in Texas will be his main selling points.

But back home, members of Perry's own party seem poised to dismantle key parts of his legacy as he prepares to leave office after 14 years.

Among the targets: the special state funds that Perry used to attract top employers to Texas, the robust rainy day fund that was tapped for critical infrastructure projects, and the extension of in-state university tuition to children of illegal immigrants.

A Texas tea party surge means all those policies could be short-lived once Perry leaves the governor's mansion.

If Perry seeks the presidency, he may be campaigning on a record even as it is unraveling.