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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in Natgasoline Creating 240 Jobs

November 21, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today announced Natgasoline LLC is expanding its Beaumont operations, creating 240 jobs and a projected capital investment of more than $1 billion. The state is providing $2.1 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Supreme Court Declining to Block HB 2

November 19, 2013
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas abortion restrictions to remain in effect: “This is good news both for the unborn and for the women of Texas, who are now better protected from shoddy abortion providers operating in dangerous conditions. As always, Texas will continue doing everything we can to protect the culture of life in our state.”

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Gov. Perry and Dr. Laffer Highlight Successful Policies to Create Jobs, Opportunity

November 18, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry and economist Dr. Arthur Laffer today contrasted the conservative fiscal principles that have helped Texas become a national leader in job creation with those that have burdened families and businesses in states like California. The governor spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Competition and the States: California vs. Texas luncheon, where Laffer unveiled a new study comparing the governments and economies of the two states.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Today’s Obamacare Announcement

November 14, 2013
“This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law. President Obama is shifting the blame by saying it's up to states and state insurance commissioners to fix the massive problem his signature law has created for millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance. President Obama did succeed at one thing today: making a bad situation worse with a ‘fix’ that will create more confusion for consumers and threatens to destabilize the health insurance industry. Obamacare is an abject failure; it's time to overturn this ill-conceived, job-killing nightmare that ultimately will bankrupt this country.”

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Prop. 6 Passage

November 5, 2013
"Today, the people of Texas made history, ensuring we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes. Now it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life."

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Appeals Court Lifting HB 2 Injunction

October 31, 2013
“Today's decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas. We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state.”

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Abortion Law Ruling

October 28, 2013
"Today's decision will not stop our ongoing efforts to protect life and ensure the women of our state aren't exposed to any more of the abortion-mill horror stories that have made headlines recently. We will continue fighting to implement the laws passed by the duly-elected officials of our state, laws that reflect the will and values of Texans."

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Gov. Perry Speaks at WATEC Israel 2013

October 22, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today addressed the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) Israel 2013, a leading event for the water industry that brings together international business and government leaders to discuss water solutions and showcase technological advancements. Texas and Israel face similar challenges with meeting the water needs of a continually growing population and economy.

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Texas A&M Pursues a Campus in Israel

October 21, 2013
The New York Times
Manny Fernandez
When Gov. Rick Perry visits Israel this week, he will leave a surprising piece of Texas behind: his alma mater, Texas A&M University. Mr. Perry will join Texas A&M leaders and Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday to announce the creation of Texas A&M Peace University, a branch campus of the sixth largest university in the United States. It will be built in Nazareth, known as the Arab capital of Israel.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Possible Federal Government Shutdown

September 30, 2013
“House Republicans offered a compromise solution that would temporarily address Republican concerns about Obamacare while also allowing the federal government to continue to operate. But the Obama administration’s and Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway mentality jeopardizes essential functions of not only the federal government but also state services. Democrat leadership in Congress has refused to negotiate, and in so doing is jeopardizing thousands of employees, critical services, and economic recovery.

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