Gov. Rick Perry urged Texas lawmakers to remain faithful to the conservative fiscal principles that have kept the Texas economy strong, allowed for tremendous job growth, and helped the state weather the national economic recession. On the heels of a strong revenue estimate, the governor urged lawmakers to take a hard look at providing tax relief. He addressed both the Senate and House of Representatives on the opening day of the 83rd Legislative Session.
Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, spoke before the opening sessions of both the state Senate and House on Tuesday, but his remarks were less a call to battle or detailed blueprint for the next 139 days, than a more gentle reminder that legislators should resist the temptation to spend more in the face of a rosier revenue picture.