On behalf of the State of Texas, Anita and I extend our deepest thanks to all those in Travis County and surrounding areas who worked so hard to support Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike. More than 16 shelters in the area helped house more than 2,800 Texans who fled the coastal region in advance of this massive storm. Considering that 1.2 million Texans moved inland before Ike roared ashore, there were, no doubt, countless others who took shelter in the homes of family and friends.
Gov. Rick Perry today credited the state’s strong economic policies for preparing it to withstand both Hurricane Ike and the current national economic downturn. While the Texas economy is strong, the economic downturn that the rest of the nation is facing will eventually hit Texas. For that reason, Gov. Perry this week asked state agencies to begin taking measures to cut discretionary spending within their divisions and limit travel.
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today joined local and community leaders in a unified effort to recruit the federal Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to San Antonio.
“As a state with an innovative business culture and robust biotechnology industry, Texas is uniquely suited to host this facility,” Gov. Perry said. “San Antonio provides unique advantages, including its skilled workforce, scientific community and transportation infrastructure that will provide the facility the resources it needs to fulfill its vital role in our national defense.”
Immigrants must now prove they are in the United States legally to obtain new driver's licenses and identification cards, which will indicate their status, under new Texas Department of Public Safety rules.
Regulations require proof of lawful status for non U.S. citizens or non permanent residents
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today praised the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for implementing new guidelines requiring non U.S. citizens to present proof they are in this country legally before being issued an original, renewal or duplicate Texas driver license or identification card.
“Texas is a great place to live and work, and while we welcome legally documented individuals to the Lone Star State, we must ensure that this privilege is not abused by those seeking to enter our country illegally,” Gov. Perry said. “The safety of Texans remains a paramount concern of my administration, and these new guidelines will provide additional security.”
Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry today honored the 2008 inductees to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in the fields of education, health/health research, arts, historic preservation and leadership.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today met with leaders of key state agencies for an assessment of the impact of the current national economic situation on their agencies and the people they serve.
“During my time as governor, I have encouraged leaders in the public and private sectors to work to diversify our state’s economy so that we will not be held captive by the cyclical changes of any particular industry or market segment,” Gov. Perry said. “Although our economy remains one of the strongest in the nation, it is still interlaced with economies of other states that are suffering, and we must continue to monitor the current financial situation closely.”
Governor Rick Perry will deliver the keynote address and first lady Anita Perry will be honored as Woman of the Year during the Les Femmes du Monde's annual awards dinner Tuesday evening at the Northwood Club.