The number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In 2008, the Texas Medical Board received 4,023 licensure applications and issued a record 3,621 new licenses.
In all, in just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time.
And our reforms finally brought critical specialties to underserved areas. The number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas is up by 27 percent, and 12 counties that previously had no obstetricians now have at least one. The statistics show major gains in fields like orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, neurosurgery and emergency medicine.
The Rio Grande Valley has seen an 18 percent growth in applications to practice medicine, adding about 200 doctors to this critically underserved area.
And what about the money that used to go to defending all those frivolous lawsuits? You can find it in budgets for upgraded equipment, expanded emergency rooms, patient safety programs and improved primary and charity care.
Principled, conservative leadership involves more than having an 'R' by your name, and successful policymaking is about more than incessantly sloganeering about results, not politics without any meaningful results to show for yourself. Leadership is about tackling difficult problems and standing up to entrenched special interests, even when it means you face a backlash for doing what is right. Being an effective Governor and advancing important reforms does not happen by treating the job as a popularity contest.
As Teddy Roosevelt famously said, "credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..."
Achieving tort reform in Texas was not a walk in the park, and it wouldn't have happened without the dedication of many individuals and organizations-- including Governor Perry-- comprising a determined conservative movement, who put themselves in the arena and achieved real results. Tort reform in Texas is one of America's great policy success stories over the past decade, and it's hard to deny those kind of results.
Last week, Governor Perry spoke to the Texas Home School Coalition's State Convention & Family Conference. The response was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. Some of the home school families offered their thoughts to the Governor:
Last night in The Woodlands, Governor Perry addressed the Texas Home School Coalition. Perry has always been a champion of the rights of home educators to teach their children. Tim Lambert, President of THSC, called Perry the "best friend that home schoolers have ever had in the Governor's mansion."
Governor Perry has issued a challenge to YOU! Beginning at noon today, your mission (should you choose to accept it) is an online race to grow Governor Perry’s network of activists to new heights.
The “4 More Years in 2010” contest is simple: You have 4 days to raise $20 (or more) from 10 different people on your online fundraising page. Every participant who achieves this feat will receive one of the first Governor Perry 2010 campaign t-shirts!
To get started, share your personal fundraising URL with family and friends through email, facebook, twitter, and Linkedin. If you have not yet received your personal fundraising page, visit http://www.rickperry.org/fundraise and fill out the form. Your personal page will be sent to you in an email, and you’ll be ready to help the governor gain supporters from all over Texas! If you have misplaced the link to your personal page, enter your information in the "Find and Support a Participant" box below and to the right
The challenge ends Saturday, August 8th, at noon. Best of luck, and God bless!
In this first part, Pags and Governor Perry spoke about these two new Texas laws that provide our veterans with in-state tuition and other important educational opportunities. You can watch a couple of videos from the bill signing by clicking here. In addition, the two discussed the Texas philosophy on taxes and spending versus the philosophy of Washington, D.C. and states like New York that are currently raising taxes. They also discussed health care, transportation, and education. Listen for yourself:
Governor Perry with Joe Pags
Click the green "Read more" button below to listen to parts 2 and 3.
This past Saturday night at the Hannity Freedom Concert in the Woodlands, TX, Governor Rick Perry declared Sean Hannity an honorary Texan. Sean eagerly accepted the honor and took a moment on stage to ponder whether he should move to Texas.
At the concert, Governor Perry spoke to the fired up crowd about the liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution-- freedoms that our men and women in uniform have defended since the earliest days of our Republic.
Hannity's Freedom Concert series celebrates the men & women who continue to fight for our country today, and Governor Perry was honored to have been invited to participate. See photos from the event on the Governor Rick Perry Flickr Photostream.
Yesterday Governor Perry spoke at a press conference announcing Farouk Systems' relocation to Houston, TX. The billion dollar company manufactures and exports professional spa products to more than 90 countries. Currently, Farouk Systems employs 400 Texans and foresees creating 1,200 more jobs, not to mention $26 million in capital investment.
"When companies look at Texas, they're discovering that we've fostered an environment that encourages people to pursue their dreams, build businesses and create jobs," states Governor Perry.
A large amount of Fortune 500 companies call the Lone Star State home, more than any other state in the nation. According to the National Review "Texas' small government and low tax environment" attracts companies to cross the borders. According to Governor Perry, "word is out that Texas is the place to be if you want to work hard, create jobs and reap the rewards of your efforts."
View the video of the Governor's speech on the State's official website here.
Washington's current fiscal excesses and unprecedented expansion have placed the protections and powers embodied in the 10th Amendment at risk. As the federal government expands before our very eyes, those of us who value freedom are simply sounding the alarm with every means available. We cannot remain silent while the powers-that-be in Washington methodically dismantle the system that has allowed Americans to determine their own destiny, compete on their own merits and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
I sincerely hope that our nation's durable principles prevail and keep our states and local communities from becoming mere functionaries of a bloated federal government. Together, citizens across the nation - regardless of political party - can remind this administration and Congress that the Framers of the Constitution deliberately limited the powers of the federal government.
When Washington's power to tax, regulate, mandate and meddle is restrained, American families are free to enjoy the liberty upon which our nation was founded. Limited government works.
Rick Perry's possible 2010 opponent went on the attack yet again today in the pages of the Austin American-Statesman, criticizing the Governor for rejecting $555 million dollars in strings-attached federal stimulus dollars. Back in March, Governor Perry said "thanks, but no thanks" to that portion of the Obama stimulus package if it meant changing Texas law and expanding the government's intrusion into private enterprise.
Michael Q. Sullivan, President of the watchdog group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, explains that revisionist history from the Senator isn't scoring her any points:
The conservative movement and the responsible business community (large and small businesses alike) were uniformly opposed to taking those burdensome dollars. Not only would it have required massive tax increases in the future, it would have done so with requirements that the state forever alter our unemployment insurance laws. (The feds now claim they were joking about that "forever" part, but the federal law still clearly states that the rules must be permanent.)
Both the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business loudly urged lawmakers to reject the use of stimulus funds. As did nearly every member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature. A mid-session report by the group pointed out that “federal matching funds drive increases in state spending, exposing taxpayers to increased tax liability from both federal and state governments.”
It would have been irresponsible to take those federal UI dollars. Frankly, it represents a lack of leadership to have voted against in the Senate what she now demands Texas to have accepted. And it is always poor judgment to cede the state's clear authority over such matters to Washington, and certainly to the Obama Administration.
Earlier this year, Governor Perry rejected $555 million in strings-attached stimulus dollars. The response from Texans was and remains overwhelmingly positive.
Late last week, Rick Perry's possible 2010 opponent joined liberal critics attacking the Governor for his decision to say "thanks, but no thanks" to Obama. The conservative Pratt on Texas radio program in Lubbock had a nice recap of this latest out-of-touch attack from Washington against Rick Perry. Listen here: