U.S. Bowling Congress to Move Headquarters to Arlington
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will relocate its headquarters from Greendale, Wisc., to Arlington as a direct result of a $693,000 award from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). The deal brings nearly 200 jobs and $13 million in capital investment to Texas.
"Companies throughout the country are looking to Texas as the place to grow their business thanks to a reasonable regulatory environment, educated workforce, and economic incentives that bolster Texas’ capital and competition in a global marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "As a result of tools like the TEF, Texas continues to diversify our economic portfolio by attracting businesses like the U.S. Bowling Congress, fortifying our standing as the national leader in economic development and job creation."
Texas was in competition with Milwaukee, Wisc., for the relocation project. "The Texas Enterprise Fund award was a critical factor in our decision to relocate USBC’s headquarters to Arlington," said Chief Operating Officer Kevin Dornberger. "Relocating our headquarters to Arlington will provide a business climate that will be invaluable in helping us achieve our future goals for the sport."
Dornberger joins business leaders around the country who recognize Texas’ booming business climate. For the third year in a row, the nation’s leading executives ranked Texas the best state in the nation to do business. The reason mirrors what many publications have applauded Texas for: controlled taxes and spending, reasonable regulations, an educated work force, quality of life and infrastructure. (Chief Executive Magazine, January 2008).
The legislature, at Gov. Perry’s request, created the TEF in 2003 and re-appropriated funding in 2005 and 2007 to help ensure the growth of Texas businesses and create more jobs throughout the state. The fund has since become one of the state’s most competitive tools to recruit and bolster business. To date, the TEF has closed the deal on projects generating more than 51,800 new jobs and $15.6 billion in capital investment in the state.
When budgets begin to tighten, many state politicians start to talk tax hikes. So credit Texas Governor Rick Perry for cutting taxes this week as a way to keep his state as a national leader in job creation. Mr. Perry suspended the state unemployment insurance "replenishment" tax for the rest of the year on grounds that government doesn't need the money but employers do.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today named Kenneth Magidson of Houston as the Harris County district attorney to serve until the end of December 2008. Since 1983, Magidson has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas.
"As a highly respected and accomplished assistant United States attorney, Ken has the experience and leadership skills to lead the Harris County District Attorney’s Office over the next nine months," said Gov. Perry. "After more than 20 years of prosecuting drug traffickers and money launderers at the federal level, and serving as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, his experience will ensure justice is dealt to those who threaten the safety and livelihood of Harris County residents."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today allocated more than $2 million to 22 local law enforcement agencies to support local crime prevention initiatives and provide updated enforcement technology and communications equipment. These grants are awarded through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"Texas is tough on crime and remains dedicated to equipping our law enforcement with the resources necessary to protect our citizens and ensure the safety of our communities," said Gov. Perry.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that an estimated 370,000 Texas businesses will be getting a tax cut of $90 million, thanks to the state’s strong economy and low unemployment.
"I believe in truth-in-budgeting: when government levies a tax and collects more money than is needed, we must either stop collecting the tax, return the money or both," said Gov. Perry. "Thanks to our healthy economy and low unemployment rate last year, the state collected more money for the unemployment trust fund than we need, which is why I’m directing the state to bring that tax to a screeching halt for this year."
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today awarded more than $689,000 to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas for the distribution of Child Identification Kits to all incoming kindergarten students in Texas public schools. These I.D. kits will allow parents and guardians to record their children’s physical characteristics and fingerprints on identification cards that can be filed at home and quickly given to authorities in the event their child goes missing. This grant is awarded under the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
"Texans must take every precaution, even prepare for worst-case scenarios, to keep our children safe," said Gov. Perry. "Whether a child is lost or abducted, these Child I.D. cards will save valuable time in the search and rescue process, and help reunite families whose situation could have been much worse without the cards."
As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton race around Ohio and Texas for tomorrow's primaries, they are telling a tale of economic woe. Yet the real story isn't how similar the two states are economically but how different. Texas has been prospering while Ohio lags, and the reasons are instructive about what works and what doesn't in economic policy.
There's no doubt times are tough in Ohio. The state has lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000, home foreclosures are soaring, and real family income is lower now than in 2000. Meanwhile, the Texas economy has boomed since 2004, with nearly twice the rate of new job creation as the rest of the nation. The nearby table compares the states over a decade or so.
The challenge for our national economy in a world of competition is to become more like Texas and less like Ohio.
AUSTIN – The Wall Street Journal today touted Texas’ notable economic strength and vigor in the wake of a national economic slow-down. In light of Tuesday’s primaries, Texas was directly compared to Ohio.
The editorial contributes factors such as low taxes, "right to work" state status, and an affordable cost of living as important marks that give Texas a competitive edge for 21st century global competition. Texas significantly bested Ohio in new job creation, net domestic migration, unemployment rates, per capita income and exports.
Adds 32 counties to list of areas threatened by fires
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today renewed a disaster proclamation, originally issued Jan. 29, to address the threat of wildfires across the state. In the updated proclamation, 32 additional counties are identified as threatened or impacted by wildfires, making a total of 216 counties at risk. To date, fires have burned more than 500,000 acres and threatened 2,158 homes, destroyed 50 homes and damaged 35 homes.
“Texas is thankful for the brave men and women from fire departments across the state who battle these fires on the front lines,” said Gov. Perry. “As wildfires continue to rage across our state, I urge all Texans to continue to exercise great caution, and observe burn bans and other warnings to ensure the safety of their families and themselves.”