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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on EPA Denial of Texas' RFS Waiver Request

August 7, 2008
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to deny Texas’ request for a 50 percent waiver from the grain-based Renewable Fuels Standard: "I am greatly disappointed with the EPA’s inability to look past the good intentions of this policy to see the significant harm it is doing to farmers, ranchers and American households. For the EPA to assert that this federal mandate is not affecting food prices not only goes against common sense, but every American’s grocery bill.

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Gov. Perry: Texas Must Maintain Economic Edge

August 6, 2008
<b>Governor’s Competitiveness Council Presents ‘Council’s Report to Governor’ and ‘State Energy Plan’</b> AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the Governor's Competitiveness Council's formal recommendations, which provide guidance to the governor, Legislature, and leaders of state agencies and emerging industries on how best to keep Texas at the forefront of the global economy. "Texas must be proactive in maintaining its economic edge by increasing the rigor and relevance in our classrooms to best equip students to meet the future demands of the workplace," said Gov. Perry. "The council’s dedicated work in recent months is evident in the thorough and substantive recommendations they shared today. I am confident their input will pave the way toward our ongoing economic success and provide opportunities for Texans unlike ever before."

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Texas Responds to Tropical Storm Edouard

August 5, 2008
AUSTIN – This morning, Tropical Storm Edouard came on shore near Sabine Pass, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to coastal communities. As the storm continues to impact Texas, the state is prepared to assist local officials with efforts to ensure the safety of residents. "Texas is grateful that this storm did not escalate to hurricane strength before making landfall on our shores," said Gov. Perry. "Yet even small storms can create dangerous situations. Flooding continues to be a viable threat to the coastal area, and the state stands ready to deploy search and rescue assets in the event they are needed."

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Gov. Perry Issues Disaster Declaration in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Edouard Impact on Texas Communities

August 4, 2008
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration in response to the imminent threat posed by Tropical Storm Edouard to Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Walker and Wharton counties. The governor’s declaration allows the state to initiate necessary preparedness efforts, such as pre-deploying resources requested by local officials to ensure their communities are ready to respond to severe weather.

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Texas’ Business Climate Ranked No.1 by Corporate Executives

August 1, 2008
<p>Corporate executives ranked Texas&rsquo; business climate best in the nation for the fourth consecutive time according to a survey conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI), an economic development and tourism marketing firm. The survey measures CEO&rsquo;s perception of a state&rsquo;s business climate based on several economic variables.</p>

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In Case You Missed It…Florida and Texas Job Market

July 19, 2008
Miami Herlad
Scott Andron
<p>It wasn't long ago that Sun Belt states like Florida and Texas attracted a steady stream of newcomers from up north, pushing their economies ever forward and creating new jobs.</p> <p>Now, it would seem, the Sunshine State and the Lone Star State have parted ways.</p> <p>Florida led the nation in lost jobs over the past year, with 78,100, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.</p> <p>Texas, on the other hand, had a job-creation bonanza, adding a whopping 245,000.</p>

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First Lady Anita Perry and Former First Families Emphasize Importance of Restoring Texas Governor's Mansion

July 17, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; First Lady Anita Perry today asked former governors and Texas first families to serve on an advisory committee to assist in mansion fundraising and restoration efforts.</p> <p>Mrs. Perry made the request at an informal breakfast meeting Thursday with representatives of former first families, where she relayed the status of mansion restoration efforts following the June 8th arson. Mrs. Perry noted that the former governors, first ladies and members of former first families all share a common bond from their days of living at the mansion.</p>

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Gov. Perry Invites Video Game Companies to Choose Texas

July 16, 2008
<p>LOS ANGELES &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today touted the Lone Star State as a great place for video game developers and companies to make their home at the annual E3 Media and Business Summit.</p> <p>&quot;All across the country, in places where smart, creative people gather to devise the next must-have game, they are joined by people who are willing to invest their capital to see new ideas succeed,&quot; Gov. Perry said. &quot;I invite you to bring your ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to Texas, where our reasonable regulatory climate, tax structure and an excellent quality of life are ideal for business development.&quot;</p>

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First Lady Anita Perry Asks Texans to Join Restoration Efforts by Donating to the "Texas Governor’s Mansion Restoration Fund"

July 15, 2008
<h3>Money Raised Will Help Restore Texas&rsquo; Historic Home to its Former Grandeur</h3> <p>AUSTIN &ndash; First Lady Anita Perry today announced the formation of the &quot;Texas Governor&rsquo;s Mansion Restoration Fund,&quot; which will raise money to restore Texas&rsquo; historic home after severe damage by arson last month. Mrs. Perry will chair the non-profit and named Pam Willeford as vice-chair.</p> <p>&quot;For more than 150 years, the Texas Governor&rsquo;s Mansion has stood as a vibrant example of the ambition and achievements that established our great state as a place of opportunity and prosperity for all,&quot; said the First Lady. &quot;Though it was built as a house for governors, the mansion indeed belongs to all Texans. With Texans&rsquo; help and support, this beautiful home will be restored and renewed to again reflect the pride and distinction of the Lone Star State.&quot;</p>

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Long-Time Perry Spokesman Robert Black Announces Departure from Governor's Office

July 14, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry&rsquo;s Director of Communications, Robert Black, today announced his departure from the governor&rsquo;s office to form his own consulting business. He will begin providing consulting services in September, specializing in public affairs, political and strategic communications.</p> <p>&quot;In a profession where decision making is too often determined by the fickle winds of popular opinion or the latest poll, it has been a privilege to work for Gov. Perry, who is willing to make the hard call and believes that leadership is not a popularity contest, but a moral responsibility,&quot; said Black. &quot;Gov. Perry&rsquo;s tenure has been marked by bold ideas, unflinching actions and clear results, and I am proud to have played a small part.&quot;</p>

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