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Gov. Perry Announces Texas Enterprise Fund Investment In Santana Textiles

July 2, 2008
<h3>Company to Create 800 Jobs in Edinburg</h3> <p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $1.65 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Santana Textiles to establish a denim manufacturing plant in Edinburg, creating 800 new jobs and $170 million in capital investment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Santana Textiles&rsquo; decision to open its first North American plant in Texas speaks volumes for our state&rsquo;s attractive business climate and the incentive package we were able to provide through the Texas Enterprise Fund,&rdquo; said Gov. Perry.</p>

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Gov. Perry Announces Mary Katherine Stout as Budget, Planning and Policy Director

July 2, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today announced Mary Katherine Stout will serve as director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division. Stout joins the governor&rsquo;s office from the Texas Public Policy Foundation where she has served as vice president of policy and director for the Center for Health Care Policy.</p> <p>&quot;Mary Katherine Stout brings legislative and policy expertise rooted in sound fiscal conservative principles,&quot; said Gov. Perry. &quot;Her work on a broad spectrum of policy issues at one of the leading conservative think tanks in the country provides her with a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable.&quot;</p>

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Gov. Perry Thanks Veterans for Fighting for Freedom

June 27, 2008
<p>CORPUS CHRISTI &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today thanked war veterans for answering the call of duty to protect America&rsquo;s freedom and called for continued assistance of veterans&rsquo; rehabilitation programs.</p> <p>&quot;Throughout our nation&rsquo;s history, each generation has stepped forward to accept the torch of freedom from those who preceded them and advance the cause of liberty to even greater heights,&quot; Gov. Perry said. &quot;America is proud of the men and women in uniform who answer the call and uphold the sacred oath to defend freedom no matter the cost.&quot;</p>

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholding 2nd Amendment:

June 26, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Americans' 2nd Amendment right to bear arms:</p> <p>&quot;Texans have long held that it is a fundamental right of every law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. Affirmation from our country&rsquo;s highest court should unquestionably cement this right for future generations of Texans and Americans.&quot;</p>

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Jessica’s Law:

June 25, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Jessica's Law:</p> <p>&quot;I believe the vast majority of Texans agree that the death sentence is the appropriate punishment for someone convicted of raping a child. While today's opinion does not directly address Texas law, we recognize that our state is guided by the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. That said, Texas will continue to seek the toughest punishment allowable for the predators who commit crimes of this nature, including the sentence of life without parole that is also permitted under our state&rsquo;s version of Jessica&rsquo;s Law.</p>

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on the Death of Rep. G. E. “Buddy” West:

June 25, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the death of Representative Buddy West:</p> <p>&quot;Texas lost a great public servant when Buddy West passed away today. As a dedicated champion for the people of West Texas, Buddy&rsquo;s legacy will live on in the lives of those he touched through his tireless efforts to make Odessa, West Texas and the entire state of Texas a better place.</p>

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Gov. Perry Showcases Texas at 42nd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 25, 2008
<h3>Promotes Texas as Prime Travel Destination in Festival&rsquo;s Opening Ceremony</h3> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today kicked-off the 42nd annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which showcases Texas as a travel destination. The Festival highlights the Lone Star State&rsquo;s unique music, food and wine traditions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Perhaps more than any other state, Texas has a certain mystique, a sense of identity that people recognize and admire all over the world,&rdquo; said Gov. Perry. &ldquo;Texas is the land of Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Michael Dell and Ross Perot. The list of Texans who have dreamed big dreams and done great things is growing as we speak.&rdquo;</p>

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Gov. Perry: Ethanol Mandate Harms Livestock, Food Industries

June 24, 2008
<h3>Industry Leaders Join in Urging EPA for 50 Percent Waiver for Grain-based Ethanol</h3> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry, joined by industry leaders across the country, today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a 50 percent waiver from its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) mandate for grain-based ethanol. Upon Gov. Perry&rsquo;s initial waiver request in late April, the EPA granted a comment period to consider the appeal, which ended yesterday. A decision on the request is expected later this summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;While I have no doubt this mandate was a well-intentioned effort to move our country toward energy independence, it is doing more harm than good and must be modified before our livestock industry suffers permanent damage,&rdquo; said Gov. Perry. &ldquo;Granting this waiver will provide much needed relief to families, while enabling Texas to continue feeding and fueling the nation.&rdquo;</p>

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Gov. Perry Challenges Youth to Give Back Through Public Service

June 23, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today challenged young Texans to make a lasting contribution to the future well-being of Texas through public service.</p> <p>&ldquo;Public service is an honorable calling that must be answered by honorable men and women,&rdquo; Gov. Perry said. &ldquo;Your presence at Girls State signifies you&rsquo;ve already learned that what matters most is not what you get for yourself, but what you give back to your country and your fellow Americans.&rdquo;</p>

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Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Death of Justice James A. Baker

June 23, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the death of former State Supreme Court Justice James A. Baker:</p> <p>Texas has lost a great legal mind with the passing of Justice Baker. His keen grasp of the law, inherent sense of fairness and commitment to Texas led him to a life of public service. Anita and I offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Justice Baker's family and friends.</p>

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