From the Capitol

Statement by Governor Perry on Chief Justice Jefferson

"Wallace Jefferson justly and faithfully guided our state's highest court during a decade of change and prosperity, and he will be remembered for his strong character and unwavering commitment to the rule of law. I was proud to appoint him as the court's first African-American justice and chief justice.

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Governor Perry Announces TEF Investment in Dow Creating Nearly 100 Jobs, Bringing Dow’s Investments in Brazoria County to $2.5 Billion

August 27, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today announced The Dow Chemical Company is expanding its manufacturing facilities by selecting Brazoria County as the location for two Performance Plastics plants, creating 96 jobs and a multimillion dollar capital investment.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Hasan Verdict

August 23, 2013
"Nidal Hasan's cowardly attack on our military was a deliberate act of terror against our country. This guilty verdict affirms we are a nation of laws, honors the victims of this heinous act, and proves that, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy, we will never waver from the core principles for which they gave their lives: freedom, liberty and democracy."

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Governor Perry Statement on Department of Justice Lawsuits

August 22, 2013
"The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama. We will continue to defend the integrity of our elections against this administration's blatant disregard for the 10th Amendment."

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Governor Perry Announces TEF Investment in Fritz Industries Creating 250 Jobs in Greenville

August 21, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today announced Fritz Industries Inc. is opening a manufacturing and office facility in Greenville, creating 250 jobs and $37.5 million in capital investment. The state is providing $800,000 through the Texas Enterprise Fund to close the deal on this expansion and job creation.

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Statement by Governor Rick Perry on Secretary Sebelius' Visit to Texas

August 8, 2013
“Today, Secretary Sebelius is back in Texas to again explain the increasingly-convoluted, and increasingly-delayed, implementation of the federal exchange system. With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well. In Texas, we’ve been fighting Obamacare from the beginning, refusing to expand a broken Medicaid system and declining to set up a state health insurance exchange. We took these steps to minimize the damage Obamacare will cause to our economy and state budget, although we’re all too aware Obamacare will still cause our state immense budgetary challenges in the years ahead, just like it will to families and small businesses across our country.”

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Statement by Governor Perry on the Passage of HB1 and SJR1

August 5, 2013
"Today's action by the Texas Legislature moves our state closer to securing a strong economy well into the future by providing more resources for building and maintaining a transportation system that will keep our economy growing and our population moving."

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Texas’ Appeal for West Recovery Approved

August 2, 2013
"The approval of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West. I appreciate everyone who joined me in standing with the people whose lives have been forever impacted to move this appeal forward, especially our congressional delegation," Gov. Perry said. "This, along with the disaster relief funding provided by the Texas Legislature, will help this community rebuild their infrastructure, school district and public works as quickly as possible."

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Governor Perry Calls Lawmakers Back for Third Special Session

July 30, 2013
"When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher, and a failure to act now could take years – if not most of a decade – to correct, as traffic congestion increases and harms our quality of life,” Gov. Perry said.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Transportation Legislation

July 29, 2013
"It is disappointing that some members of the House today needlessly delayed our state's ability to deal with the added strain our increasing population and surging economy are placing on our roads and highways. Should the Legislature adjourn without addressing our growing transportation needs, they'll be abdicating one of the most essential roles of state government, potentially sapping our economic momentum."

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