“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/
Recently, Governor Perry announced that idX Corp. would build a manufacturing facility in Cuero and create 125 jobs because of an investment by the Texas Enterprise Fund.
"To have an international company of the stature of idX locate here is a testament to Cuero's pro-business climate and commitment to manufacturing," Cuero Development Corporation Executive Director Randall Malik said. "Our ideal location for manufacturing and the Texas Enterprise Fund played a significant role in idX's decision to locate in Cuero."
At a ceremony in Richardson, Governor Perry announced a new corporate headquarter in Texas that will create more than 400 jobs.
"I have the great privilege today to announce Richardson will be home to the new corporate headquarters for Virtual Computing Environment, with a $2.45 million Texas Enterprise Fund investment helping close the deal that will bring hundreds of new jobs to town."
Please join us in congratulating our winners Garret Yount and Olivia Morales in the Ronald Reagan-Close Up Youth Conference essay contest. They have won a trip this summer to the Reagan Foundation Leadership Conference in Washington DC. We also want to congratulate runners up Colton Buckley and Holly Hendrickson.
We are very grateful to all those students who submitted essays about how Reagan's leadership principles influenced their lives. The essays demonstrated strong writing skills and terrific descriptions of how these students demonstrate leadership in their communities today. We know all of these students will grow into leaders that will make their families and their communities proud.