Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) campaign is going broke, and he can’t afford to pay his staffers. However, he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that women already receive equal pay in America and that laws guaranteeing equal pay would only “jumbl[e] up our code.”

“Women get equal pay,” said Perry. “I mean, that’s the point. This is a piece of legislation that basically duplicates what’s at the federal level. In the state of Texas, we think it’s kind of wise not to have too many laws on the books.”

Maybe this is the problem with Texas.  They don’t believe in any laws, especially any that provide protection for anyone other than wealthy, white, conservative, men.