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Tax Relief, Infrastructure and Education: Priorities to Keep Texas Strong

Gov. Rick Perry delivered his seventh State of the State address to the 83rd Texas Legislature. Full text of his remarks is below:

Thank you. It is always an honor to speak in this historic chamber.

I'd like to thank two quality leaders who have been dedicated partners in our ongoing mission to make an even better Texas, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus.

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Texas Workforce Commission: Texas Unemployment Rate Declines for Fourth Consecutive Month

AUSTIN — Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November and from 7.4 percent a year ago. This marked the fourth straight month that the unemployment rate in Texas has declined. Texas employers added 4,100 total nonfarm jobs in December for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year. In December 2012, Texas employers reported 10,904,000 total nonfarm jobs.

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Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding the Denial of Planned Parenthood’s Temporary Restraining Order

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement on the Travis County court's decision to deny Planned Parenthood's temporary restraining order attempting to force inclusion of the organization in the Texas Women's Health Program:

"Today's ruling finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed care, while at the same time respecting the values and laws of our state. I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates."

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Fox News Video: Gov. Rick Perry on future of GOP

Governor Perry appeared on Fox News on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. Please watch this video and share it.

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Speech: Gov. Perry Honors Veterans at Central Texas Veterans Celebration

The following are Gov. Perry's prepared remarks in his speech honoring America's veterans at a Central Texas event:

God bless you all, and I am honored to be here today on such a noble occasion.

It's also wonderful anytime you get a chance to hear the Gatlins perform.

To my fellow veterans here who have sacrificed so much to keep America safe, and made us all proud, I'd like to say thank you on behalf of more than 25 million Texans.

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I Am Mindful of the Sacrifice of So Many

Eleven years ago today our very foundation was shaken, as terrorists attacked and killed thousands of innocent Americans in a brazen act of unimaginable terrorism.

Today we still live with the scars of those events – the loss of loved ones who went off to work on a seemingly normal Tuesday and never came home; the subsequent initiation of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq that have taken the lives and limbs of our best and brightest, and; a new reality of tighter security, and a better understanding of those who hate us and the acts of terrorism they are capable of perpetrating.

This September 11th, I am mindful of the sacrifice of so many. I think about firefighters and police officers who rushed into danger as others tried to flee. I think of young men and women who walked into recruiting centers and signed up for war. I think of families who are nervous every time the phone rings, or someone knocks on their door, wondering if the worst news imaginable is about to delivered.

America remains the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known. And it is because we are blessed with men and women who know freedom is not free, and are willing to bear its full cost.

Today, I hope you will join me in thinking about and praying for the victims of 9/11, and those who have paid the price in the War on Terror. And may we resolve to never allow such violence visit American soil again.

God bless you,

Rick Perry

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Labor Day

Labor Day in the Obama era is a painful reminder that far too many Americans have no jobs at all. Twenty-three million –as many people as live in Australia – are out of work or lacking full-time jobs in President Obama’s America.

Texas shows that strong conservative leadership can change that. In the month of July, Texas added 17,800 jobs. Between July 2011 and July 2012, Texas added 222,500 nonfarm jobs. For the last 67 months, the Texas unemployment rate has consistently been at or below the national unemployment rate.

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