(Austin, TX)Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement regarding Governor Rick Perry’s veto of HB 950, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
“I am appalled Governor Perry has chosen to veto the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, common-sense, bipartisan legislation critical to ensuring Texas women are treated fairly in the workplace.
“Texas women are paid only 77 cents to every dollar men in the workforce earn for the same job. That’s a travesty and it was a very proud moment when the Texas legislature finally took action to address this injustice. With the stroke of a pen, Governor Perry has thrown out all that hard work and ensured Texas working women are not treated equally.
“It’s a sham, a shame and shameless, and I believe Governor Perry will come to regret this decision.”