Texas is one of the few states that vests significant power in the office of Lieutenant Governor, making it among the most influential. By contrast, the Lieutenant Governor position in other states has few (if any) legislative responsibilities, akin to the Vice President of the United States. The consequence of a strong Lieutenant Governor of Texas is that the Governor of Texas is weaker than other states' Governors.
It is the second most powerful post in Texas government because its occupant controls the work of the Texas Senate and controls the budgeting process as a leader of the Legislative Budget Board.
Compared to the governors of other U.S. states, the Governorship of Texas is often cited as a fairly weak office. In some respects it is the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, who presides over the state Senate, who is a more powerful political figure able to exercise greater personal prerogatives.
Rick Perry is everything I hate in a politition.
Does everyone forget that he threatened to secede from the nation during the whole healthcare bill? This is the type of guy you want leading america? The one that is first in line to jump ship. He has tried numorous times to sell off the state lottery and differnt toll roads to forighn investores to ballance the state budget. Funny that things that are proffitablt are even on the table for this idiot, and he would sell them knowing that they would increase costs. Why not just increase costs and keep all the profits for the state? He is a corporate shill.