This week, I am proud to welcome 19 of my fellow governors to Texas for the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference. I look forward to discussing important issues facing our states and the best approaches to the challenges that lie before us.
As Washington continues to debate misguided, intrusive policies, seemingly without regard to their negative impact upon state taxpayers, employers and governments, states must step up to implement sound fiscal policies and pursue models of good governance that can lead our nation's economic recovery.
The conference will be an important catalyst of that effort, offering a platform for governors from across the nation to share their concerns on a variety of policy issues while exchanging innovative ways to address them. Governors can then carry those ideas back to their respective legislatures and work on initiatives that can help states and the nation better compete on a global scale and create greater opportunity.
These groups and dozens of others have all given their support to Governor Rick Perry, because they know he is committed to keeping Texas growing and open for business. The Governor's steadfast dedication to limited government and free enterprise has helped Texas weather this economic storm better than the nation as a whole.
Add your endorsement at http://hq.rickperry.org, and be sure to get your friends and family involved in the Perry campaign!
Governor Rick Perry. Texas values. Proven leadership.
Here's your chance to have lunch with Governor Perry! Introducing: a new online challenge from Rick as the campaign sprints onward towards the March primary.
Governor Perry has tentatively scheduled lunch at his campaign headquarters in Austin on March 8th. A very small group of online activists will be invited, and this is an opportunity to reserve your seat.
Every person who donates at any level to Governor Perry’s 2010 reelection campaign between Monday, November 9th, at 11AM, and Friday, November 13th, at 5PM will have a chance to win a seat! We will draw names—one from each of the following donation levels:
Four participants will be invited to lunch with Governor Perry. When you choose your level, your name will be placed in the hat, and your generous contribution will help Rick continue to spread his conservative vision for Texas on the way to victory in March!
As Governor Perry said in response to the tragedy at Ft. Hood, "the Texas family suffered a significant loss with the tragedy at Fort Hood. Along with all Texans, Anita and I are keeping those affected by today’s incidents in our thoughts and prayers.
We are deeply saddened by these events, but resolve to continue supporting our troops and protecting our citizens.
To honor those who lost their lives Thursday, I have ordered that all Texas flags be lowered to half-staff until Sunday, and ask all Texans to pray for the victims, their families and the extended Fort Hood community."
Campaign gear has arrived at the Perry 2010 headquarters, and now's your chance to sport a Perry 2010 sweatshirt/hoodie as the weather gets cooler and the election gets closer. This is your opportunity to get one at no charge.
A new online challenge: anyone who uses their personal fundraising page (get yours at http://www.rickperry.org/fundraise ) to get 10 donations of $10 or more before Saturday, November 7th, at 5pm, will receive the sweatshirt pictured below in blue or gray.
This task is easier than you might think! With a click of the mouse, you can share your personal fundraising link with friends and family through email, facebook, and twitter. A personal follow-up call to your contacts, highlighting Governor Perry's record of fiscal responsibility and conservative values, will have your friends making an investment in good government.
Governor Perry led a delegation of Texas business and community leaders to New York City for two days this week to meet with site selectors and CEOs to promote Texas as the best state to relocate or expand a business.
Want to move from Chicago (9.7% unemployment) to Houston (8.4% unemployment)? It will cost you $1,970. But it will cost only $449 to make the trip from Houston to Chicago. Los Angeles (11.8% unemployment) to Houston was $2,051, while Houston to Los Angeles was only $555.
San Francisco (10.7% unemployment) to Dallas (8.3% unemployment) will cost you $1,988. But the opposite will cost only $689. Boston to Dallas was $2,134, while Dallas to Boston was only $634.
Miami (10.8% unemployment) to Austin, Texas (7.2% unemployment), will cost $1,706. But the reverse will cost only $827. Similarly, Phoenix to Austin will cost $1,490, while Austin to Phoenix will cost only $654.
We might call these differences the "Texas premium" because regardless of location -- East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between -- the migration appears to be to Texas. U-Haul is lowering the price drastically for anyone who is willing to move the equipment back.
Indeed, with an unemployment roughly 1.5 percent lower than the national average, Texas is doing comparatively well.
However, those numbers do reflect the fact that there are more families in every state who are out of work and facing uncertain times.
The Governor's ongoing commitment to folks looking for a job in these tough times is to keep pressing for economic development that will yield jobs and paychecks, not more government in our lives.
Bottom line: Governor Perry believes we cannot rest until every Texan who wants a job has a job.