Gov. Rick Perry told the State Board of Education on Friday that it’s time for Texas to increase the number of charter schools allowed to operate statewide and embrace a voucher system that would let parents get their kids out of poor-performing public schools and into private ones.
Gov. Rick Perry issued a firm response to President Barack Obama’s sweeping gun violence package moments after it was announced Wednesday, saying the proposal has little to do with curbing mass shootings and charged the left with using tragedy to propel its anti-gun agenda.
Gov. Rick Perry addressed both the House and the Senate Tuesday afternoon. While the governor didn’t name any emergency items, he did chart a course for the upcoming session. Perry urged lawmakers to focus on the economy and cautioned that lawmakers should continue to limit the size of government.
Rick Perry loves all kinds of guns. The Texas governor, who famously shot dead a coyote with his .380 Ruger pistol for threatening his dog while on a morning run in 2010, agreed to be the subject of this new feature series that explores the gun collections of people in the spotlight.
Earlier this week, I interviewed Texas Governor Rick Perry at the 2012 Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York. Perry’s Texas has been an engine of economic growth, far outpacing national indicators, and Perry has a source of creative free-market approaches to state policy problems, especially in the health-care arena. Indeed, some of Perry’s most interesting initiatives are the ones that have remained on the shelf: for example, his exploration of cross-border health insurance as a way to make coverage more affordable for millions of people along the Rio Grande. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our discussion, in which Perry talked about how states should respond to the implementation of Obamacare, and what the Republican health-care message should be in 2016.