Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 18, related to eminent domain issues:
"Property ownership is an essential freedom for Texans and an important part of fulfilling the American dream. I applaud Sen. Estes and Rep. Geren for their work on this issue, and commend the Texas House for passing SB 18, which will help further protect property owners by strengthening our eminent domain laws. I look forward to seeing this important legislation reach my desk."
Gov. Rick Perry today toured an area of West Texas that has been affected by wildfires that have intensified in the region over the past several days, and met with local officials and first responders who are working to battle the fires. State resources were deployed across the state over the weekend, and continue to assist local efforts while dangerous conditions continue.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state is investing $2.8 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in eBay Inc. for the expansion of its Austin facility. This investment will create 1,050 high-paying jobs and generate an estimated $5.1 million in capital investment.
Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the importance of competition between the states and the need to return to the principles of the 10th Amendment to ensure our nation's future prosperity. The governor spoke at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series.
Gov. Rick Perry today applauded Texas' successful approach to diversifying its energy portfolio and cleaning its air, a stark contrast to Washington's burdensome mandates and one-size-fits-all policies that stifle economic growth and innovation. The governor spoke at a press conference unveiling NRG Energy Inc.'s Freedom StationsSM, a network of eVgo electric vehicle recharging stations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston areas that will enable more widespread use of electric cars across the state.
“Today’s action by the House is another step toward achieving fiscal responsibility and ensuring state government lives within its means. House members set priorities for state spending and found savings, and thanks to their leadership, this budget paves the way to help Texas recover from the impacts of the national economic recession.
“You cannot tax or spend your way to prosperity, and Texans expect their elected leaders to govern under that truth when it comes to taxpayer dollars. I look forward to working with members of the Senate as we continue to move a budget through the legislative process that lays the foundation for a prosperous future while funding our state’s priorities, and preserving the balance of the Rainy Day Fund without raising taxes on families or employers."
In Abilene, Governor Rick Perry discussed legislation that would further protect private property owners' rights in Texas. The governor designated protecting private property rights/addressing eminent domain issues as an emergency item for the legislative session.
"The ownership of land is in many ways the culmination of the American Dream, and nowhere is the American Dream more accessible to more people than in Texas," Gov. Perry said. "We've taken important steps in the past to rebuild private property protections in Texas, and these measures will further assure Texas landowners that the power of eminent domain will only be used for compelling, public reasons, never used lightly, and never used to pick winners and losers in the private sector."
Governor Perry held a bi-partisan press conference in Houston to underscore the state's efforts to combat human trafficking.
"In Texas, we must do everything possible to ensure more people don't fall into the trap of human trafficking and to make sure that the people behind these insidious acts pay the price for their crimes," said Governor Perry.
Governor Perry was joined by Attorney General Greg Abbott, Representative Senfronia Thompson, and Senator Leticia Van de Putte.
To read the Governor's remarks and to see photos from this event, click here:http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/15888/