Earlier this month, Governor Perry signed two pieces of legislation designed to relieve the burden of property taxes on Texans. Despite major property tax rate cuts in 2006 and 2007, rising property tax appraisals ate into that relief for homeowners.
After signing the bills, Perry sat down with Houston Association of Realtors Chair Vicki Fullerton for a quick interview:
House Bills (HB) 8 and 3613 will help slow the pace of increasing property appraisals, provide additional oversight for the appraisal process, and grant a total exemption for the homes of veterans who are disabled due to their service for our country.
To read more about appraisal reform and property tax relief, and to watch video of the press conference and bill signing, click here. Also, be sure to connect with Governor Rick Perry on his Facebook page.
Sunday, Governor Perry connected via satellite from Kuwait with PJTV's Bill Whittle. The two discussed the Governor's recent visit with Texas soldiers in Iraq, progress in and hope for the new democracy, and a few other issues.
While some in Washington are spending an inordinate amount of time these days running down Texas for perceived political gain, Governor Perry is proud that Texas remains the nation's economic leader.
Texans are clearly responding to Governor Perry's optimistic message about Texas; today's Rasmussen Reports poll, showing the Governor leading by 10-points, confirms that voters prefer Perry's brand of strong conservative leadership to mere harping from the sidelines.
If you have not had the opportunity to hear Governor personally deliver his message about Texas leadership, please take a few minutes to watch one of the many speeches available on the campaign YouTube channel.
These days, however, it's not just Governor Perry advocating the Texas model; our state's success story is beginning to get out, far and wide.
National Review, calling Governor Perry a "classic conservative hard case," published a must-read article this month about our Great State:
Governor Perry sums up the Texas model in five words: "Don't spend all the money." Here's what a good long run of small-government, low-tax conservatism has achieved in Texas: Once a largely agricultural state, Texas today is home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state. Texas has a trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world if it were, as some of its more spirited partisans sometimes idly suggest it should be, an independent country. By one estimate, 70 percent of the new jobs that were created in the United States in 2008 were created in Texas. Texas is home to America's highest-volume port, the largest medical center in the world, and the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008. While the Rust Belt mourns the loss of manufacturing jobs, Texans are building Bell helicopters and Lockheed Martin airplanes, Dell computers and TI semiconductors.
You may have also seen The Economist's coverage of the ongoing battle between Texas and California for preeminence in the United States-- Texas has the upper hand in that rivalry.
The Texans for Rick Perry 2010 campaign has a campaign manager! Welcome Rob Johnson-- currently serving as the chief of staff to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst-- to the team. We're all excited to have Rob on board. The Perry campaign is welcoming a lot of new faces, including 10 new field staff all around the Great State of Texas.
This morning, Governor Perry went on the Glenn Beck Radio Program-- with Joe Pags filling in for Glenn-- to discuss Sarah Palin's endorsement of Rick Perry in the 2010 Texas primary, the importance of the 10th Amendment, and the relative economic and fiscal success of the Great State of Texas.
In classical mechanics, momentum is defined as mass multiplied by velocity. In political campaigns, momentum could be defined as the past few weeks for the Texans for Rick Perry campaign.
Yesterday, the campaign announced fundraising totals from June 22-30. We raised more than $450 thousand dollars online in just 9 days thanks to folks like you who contributed securely and spread the word through your personal fundraising pages. In this short window of time, the Perry campaign raised more than $4.2 million and will report more than $9.3 million cash-on-hand.
A record-breaking fundraising effort, two 12-point leads in a three week span, and a growing number of people signing up on Governor Perry's team. That is real, powerful momentum. Help us keep it going. Become a supporter of Governor Perry on Facebook, become a Perry Home Headquarters and sign up your friends and family as committed Perry supporters, get your own personal campaign fundraising page. As always, get updates first on Twitter: follow @GovernorPerry for updates straight from Rick Perry, and follow @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign.
Please, do what you can to help us keep the campaign headed in the right direction. We'll only be able to take this momentum to the next level with your continued enthusiasm and support.
Texans for Rick Perry is thrilled to announce today that our campaign raised $4,231,086.49 from 1,076 donors over a nine day period from June 22 – June 30, nearly doubling contributions from the same time period in 2005. The total includes $454,094 in online contributions. The campaign will also report $9,355,100.35 cash-on-hand.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment and a ringing endorsement of Governor Perry,” said Jim Lee, one of Governor Perry’s state finance chairs. “95% of those contributing are from Texas, showing that Texans continue to appreciate and value his leadership.”
“This outpouring of support from across the state clearly indicates that Texans have embraced Governor Perry’s vision for Texas,” said Mark Miner. “People value action over talk and their faith in Governor Perry was validated by a successful legislative session that resulted in a tax cut for small businesses, protection of private property rights and a balanced budget that cut general revenue spending. Our team is energized by the support Governor Perry continues to receive across the state.”
On the South Steps of the Texas Capitol, in the middle of a hot July 4 day, thousands of rowdy TEA Party patriots converged to send a loud and clear message to Washington that we are Taxed Enough Already.
Governor Perry spoke at the event, and fired up the crowd. Be sure to check out this video of his speech: