AUSTIN – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Texas Radiological Society PAC for the general election in November.
"The Texas Radiological Society shares the governor’s desire to keep health care affordable for all Texans,” said Dr. I. Ray Kirk, chairman of the Texas Radiological Society PAC Committee. “We are pleased to announce our endorsement of Rick Perry for another term.”
The purposes of the Texas Radiological Society, as a chapter of the American College of Radiology, is to serve the specialty of radiology in Texas by advancing the science, education and practice of radiology; improving radiologic service to patients and the medical community; fostering closer fellowship among radiologists; addressing the economics of radiology; and establishing and maintaining high medical and ethical standards.
Established in 2004, the TRS PAC remains committed to a mission to positively impact the future of radiology in Texas by supporting the legislative agenda of the Texas Radiological Society.
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the professional men and women of the Texas Radiological Society PAC,” said Gov. Perry. “The medical and ethical standards established by the radiological society play a vital role in creating high quality and affordable health care for Texas families. I look forward to continuing to build and maintain a high quality of life for every Texan.”
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) HOMEPAC for the November election.
“Gov. Perry’s ongoing commitment to keep taxes low and a limited government demonstrates his keen understanding on how to keep Texas open for business and the envy of the nation,” said Randy Bowling, chairman of the HOMEPAC Board of Trustees. “We are proud to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.”
Founded in 1946, the Texas Association of Builders is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and has 34 local home builders associations across Texas. With a membership of 11,000 representing 600,000 jobs and $30 billion of the Texas economy, the Texas Association of Builders plays a crucial role in providing housing for Texans.
The TAB staff also works closely with elected state officials and regulatory agencies in the development and adoption of regulations, codes and standards for housing with the goal of creating safe, quality and common sense construction standards.
“I am truly honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC who has worked with me to create the economic climate so that homes across the state can be built,” said Gov. Perry. “Garnering the support of a group of people who spend every day building is especially fitting, because I have dedicated most of my adult life working to build Texas into a place where people are free to pursue their dreams with less worry about government interference.”
The September state unemployment numbers came out last Friday, and we couldn't help noticing that three of the four states with the highest job losses were California (-63,500), New York (-37,600) and New Jersey (-20,200). The other was Massachusetts (-20,900). Texas, meanwhile, gained 4,000 jobs.
This continues a longer term trend.Over the last year, as the economy was beginning to grow again, the Lone Star State has led the nation with the addition of nearly 153,000 jobs, while California surrendered 43,700, New Jersey lost 42,300 and New York dropped 14,600. This superior jobs recovery builds on the fact that Texas also weathered the national recession better than most states. According to a new Texas Public Policy Foundation study, Texas experienced a decline of 2.3% from its peak employment, while California fell nearly four times further, with 8.7% of jobs vanishing.
These hiring statistics confirm that for business Texas is the new California—as the likes of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio have become destinations for investment and entrepreneurship. Texas has become a mecca for high tech, venture capital, aeronautics, health care and even industrial manufacturing like the building of cars and trucks.
Meanwhile, the Golden State, New York and New Jersey have been slouching toward slow-growth European status. New Jersey is at least working to get its spending and taxes under control with Chris Christie as Governor, though its state and local tax burden remains the nation's highest and its business tax climate is the worst, according to the Tax Foundation.
The migration of factories, capital and jobs to states like Texas is no accident. Texas is a right to work state, meaning that workers cannot be compelled to join a union. Texas also has no income tax, which gives its firms a roughly 10% cost advantage over a "progressive" state like California.
There is also a lesson here for Washington. The job-free zones of California, New Jersey and New York each tax the rich more than nearly all other states. In these states the top 1% wealthiest taxpayers bear roughly 40% of the state income tax burden, but their budgets are still a mess and the job losses continue. If the next crop of Governors and the 112th Congress want faster growth and more job creation, they'll avoid the mistakes of California and New York and learn from Texas.
AUSTIN – Today Gov. Perry received the support of the Texas Dental Association DENPAC for the general election this November.
“Gov. Perry has been a true advocate in ensuring the medical industry’s success in Texas,” said Warren Branch, chairman of the Texas Dental Association DENPAC. “He has tirelessly fought against frivolous lawsuits, allowing the medical community to provide quality health care for all Texans. This type of understanding and proven leadership is exactly what Texas needs to continue being a national economic leader. We are proud to support Gov. Perry because we believe in his leadership.”
Along with the practice of dentistry, DENPAC promotes and protects the dental health of the people of Texas. The Texas Dental Association advocates for the funding of charitable programs such as CHIP and MEDICAID and strives to keep these programs available to patients in need.
“It is an honor to receive the support of the professional men and women from the Texas Dental Association DENPAC,” said Gov. Perry. “The dental industry is a crucial part of Texans’ overall health, and I will continue to protect our quality of life. Working together, I know we can maintain Texas as a place where people can continue to have access to good quality dental care, an opportunity to find a job and raise a family for generations to come.”
The Texas Dental Association DENPAC joins the following organizations in their endorsement of Gov. Perry in the general election:
A study two years ago found that California substantially lagged behind Texas economically, based on the two states' taxes, regulatory policies and government spending. That study, performed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, recently was updated. Not only does California continue to lag but, by comparison, it "has become even less competitive than before," the newer study concludes.
Critics point out that the study was conducted for a Texas think tank by Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, a firm that has been paid for campaign consulting work by Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for governor and a critic of California's tax, regulation and spending policies. A partner in the firm is Arthur Laffer, a former member of Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board and co-author of the study.
Nevertheless, the differences between the two states, based on raw data, are indisputable. The study concludes that in five broad categories – taxes on labor and capital, overall tax and regulatory environments and government spending – Texas fares substantially better, while the two states effectively tie when it comes to taxes on "consumption" or sales taxes. California, for example, has a lower general sales tax burden per $1,000 of personal income ($25.62 to $29.47) while Texas fares better with a lower sales tax rate (6.25 percent to 8.25 percent).
Increasingly, comparisons between business-friendlier Texas and California, with its labyrinth of costly regulations, mandates, taxes and fees, have shown the two states not only have vastly different approaches to governance, but also are reaping vastly different results. The study is yet another reminder that while California's policies may advance government expansion and control, they run counter to the economic needs of residents and businesses.
It is little wonder that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Texas created 119,000 new jobs from August 2009 to August 2010, more than half those created nationwide, while California lost 112,000 during the same period.
"If Californians still have trouble understanding why so many of our former neighbors have 'gone to Texas,' this scorecard spells it out in painful detail," said Sally C. Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market, nonprofit think tank based in San Francisco.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation study provides a good yardstick for determining where California falls short. California's top marginal personal income tax rate is 10.55 percent and average income earner's income tax rate is 9.55 percent. But Texas has no income tax. California's top marginal rate on corporate income tax is 8.84 percent, compared to Texas' mere 1 percent. The study calculated California's "overall tax burden" to be $115.96 per $1,000 of personal income versus Texas' $94. California ranks 27 best among the 50 states in tort liability, while Texas ranks second. And total state and local expenditures per capita for California are $11,356 versus Texas' $7,763.
We agree with Ms. Pipes, who concludes that, "we must dramatically overhaul our tax and regulatory policies if the Golden State is ever to regain its former luster." As the election nears, we urge Californians to weigh candidates' positions on tax and regulatory issues, as well as consider the effect of ballot measures in those areas.
Just days before Washington state voters decide whether to impose a first-ever state tax on six-figure incomes, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped into the middle of the fray.
With a week to go before the Washington ballot initiative, Perry, a Republican, has taken an unusually aggressive swipe at Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat. Perry sent letters Friday to 90 leading businesses in Washington – including Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks – inviting them to relocate to Texas, which also has no income tax.
"If Washington doesn't want your business, Texas does,” said Perry. “Texas has no personal income tax and no interest in getting one."
Most Washington business leaders are lined up against the proposal, which would impose a 5 percent tax on individuals earning $200,000 or more a year and a 9% tax on those making more than $500,000.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the state’s most prominent billionaire, has divided loyalties: his company is fighting the tax proposal on behalf of its many highly-paid workers, but the ballot initiative was sponsored by Gates father, a retired lawyer who argues that Washington needs the money to fund education. The software mogul himself has not taken a position on the tax, which stands to cost him tens of millions of dollars a year.
The latest poll says the anticipated vote on the income tax initiative is too close to call.
A Perry spokesman denied that the governor was meddling to defeat the Washington initiative, but conceded that the timing – a week before the vote – was no coincidence.
“It seemed like the right time to do it, as businesses are focused on the election and on the possibility of paying higher taxes,” said Ray Sullivan.
Washington and Texas are among seven states that impose no income tax, contributing to the fact that both are highly rated as places to conduct business.
It is common for governors to recruit individual companies to relocate but unusual to make a blanket indictment of the business climate in another state. It is also unusual for governors to try to influence the outcome of ballot initiatives in another state.
Gregoire, who supports the tax proposal, shrugged off Perry’s missives.
“We're serious about keeping businesses here and attracting new ones to the state,” she said in a written statement issue by her office. “We've consistently ranked in the top five in the Forbes list of best states to do business—ahead of Texas."
Gregoire spokesman Cory Curtis said the governor was not offended by Perry’s letters, but would not comment on whether the governor thought that Perry was trying to influence the vote. Asked what kind of relationship the conservative Perry and the liberal Gregoire have, Curtis said, “I don’t think they have any relationship.”
In Forbes’ latest rankings, Washington placed fifth among states with a positive business climate, while Texas ranked seventh. Washington ranked 28th for the lowest business costs, and Texas was slightly better – 26th. Surprisingly, Washington bested Texas for imposing a lighter regulatory burden on business, ranking 5th while Texas ranked 17th.
“We think that Washington will continue to be a better place [than Texas] to do business, whether or not the income tax initiative passes,” said Curtis.
Perry’s spokesman said that Texas was the top-ranked state by business cable network CNBC and CEO magazine, and in most rankings, rated higher than Washington.
Gregoire, like most Washington state politicians, has opposed the imposition of a state income tax, and never pushed it as governor. She has endorsed the ballot initiative, but vowed to veto any effort by the legislature to extend the tax to other taxpayers.
More than $8.4 Million raised since September 24; Reports more than $2 Million Cash On Hand
AUSTIN – The Texans for Rick Perry campaign today announced it has raised $36,709,924 this election cycle from 21,276 contributors, a significant increase in money raised and number of contributors from past elections. The campaign raised $8,404,584.75 between Sept. 24 and Oct. 23 this year, including $230,160 in online contributions. The campaign reports $2,032,231.54 cash on hand.
“Gov. Perry continues to draw generous and consistent support from Texans from across the state who believe in the values he has worked hard to instill throughout our state government, values based on less spending, lower taxes and reasonable regulations,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Gov. Perry is proud to have broad support of his leadership and remains committed to efforts that will strengthen our economy, create jobs, improve education and secure our border.”
During this reporting period, approximately 1,400 more contributors have given to the campaign compared to the same periods in 2002 and 2006, when 1273 and 974 individuals contributed to the campaign, respectively. Compared to the reporting periods from Sept. 24 – Oct. 23 in 2002, 2006 and 2010, the campaign raised $3,395,127.83, $2,633,490.76, and $8,404,584.75, respectively.
Raising nearly $5 million more in this reporting period from past elections, Texans for Rick Perry has gained significant momentum in its fundraising efforts, signaling ongoing and growing support of Gov. Perry’s leadership from Texans across the state. In this reporting period, more than 96 percent of contributions are from Texas donors and 66 percent of contributions are less than $500.
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HOUSTON – Today Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush for the general election. They were joined by representatives from more than 100 organizations and hundreds of leaders who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election, highlighting his diverse, statewide support, which represents millions of Texans.
“Gov. Perry’s leadership and proven track record is an essential component in keeping Texas a national leader in job creation,” said former President George H.W. Bush. “Texas has become a prime example of what happens when you mix fiscal responsibility, strong leadership and a vision of moving a state forward. It is an honor to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.”
George H.W. Bush was sworn in as president of the United States in January 1989 and served until January 1993. During his term in office, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union ceased to exist, replaced by a democratic Russia with the Baltic States becoming free; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified with Eastern Europe; and he put together an unprecedented international coalition to liberate Kuwait.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush is a tireless advocate of volunteerism, helping countless charities and humanitarian causes. Today she and President Bush serve as Co-Chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups that fight cancer. She also enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush,” said Gov. Perry. “His devotion and leadership, to our country, has brought forth inspiration to us all.”
Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries, ranging from agriculture, health care and retail sales, to construction, law enforcement and education.
In his remarks, Gov. Perry emphasized the creation of 850,000 Texas jobs in the last ten years and the recent drop in the unemployment rate in Texas; leaving the national rate nearly two points above ours. He also touted our state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts as crucial elements that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 1000 companies.
MARSHALL, TEXAS—Even in this small, quaint East Texas town, 20 miles from the Louisiana border, everything seems larger than life.
From the endless rolling hills to the massive German shepherds that gave chase during my ill-advised runs in the countryside to the heaping portions of barbeque at the Country Tavern in nearby Kilgore (where I, keeping kosher, settled for a huge green salad), stuff in Texas just seems bigger.
Politics, too, looms larger and more potent here than elsewhere. A former judge and the first Republican to represent this district since Reconstruction, Rep. Louie Gohmert is the kind of conservative that makes Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin seem squishy.
Among his more notable achievements, he voted against both TARP and the stimulus; he supported a two-month tax income tax holiday for all Americans; he co-sponsored legislation that would compel all presidential candidates to make available certified copies of their birth-certificates; he went on national television to decry the scourge of “terror babies,” or the Islamist equivalent of anchor babies born to foreigners in the U.S.; and he accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of seeking the power “to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables.”
It’s not just the politicians who embody supercharged conservative values, but the grassroots activists too. Earlier this year, a billboard in Marshall made national waves, asking passersby, simply: “Voted Obama? Embarrassed Yet?”
Another billboard just outside my hotel was all black with the following message scrawled in bright yellow writing: “Had Enough of: Stimulus…Bailouts…Homosexual Marriage? Then Vote Republican.” There didn’t seem to be anyone in particular who approved that message.
But what’s really big in Texas nowadays is economic recovery, especially compared to California. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than half of the net new jobs created in the United States over the past 12 months originated here in Texas: 119,000 out of 214,000. Amazingly, during those same twelve months, California shed 112,000 net jobs—almost the same number that Texas created.
While Californians have been afflicted by a 12.4% unemployment rate—nearly three points above the national average—Texans enjoy an 8.1% rate, a point and a half below the U.S. as a whole.
So how has the Lone Star State done it? Simple: lower taxes, less spending, and a friendly business climate.
Unlike California and many states in the union, Texas has no state income tax. So while states like Washington, which also has no such tax, are entertaining ballot measures that would actually add a state income tax in the middle of a recession, Texas has remained blissfully free of such a levy. And while Texas imposes an oil severance tax, which we in California still (thankfully) don’t have, the burden it imposes pales in comparison to our cumulative tax load.
Furthermore, the state government in Austin spends much less than comparably-sized states. According to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the state’s budget in 2008 amounted to 17.3% of GDP, five points less than the nation as a whole and eight points less than the Golden State. Spending per capita in California is 33% greater than in Texas. Indeed, it’s difficult for the legislature to spend much when it meets only every other year.
But most impressively, the state goes out of its way to recruit businesses to its precincts. Governor Rick Perry famously takes “hunting trips” in California for businesses sick and tired of our deadly combination of high taxes and absurd regulation. Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband recently moved workers from the Orange County office of his CB Richard Ellis real estate company to Dallas.
According to the Claremont Institute’s William Voegeli, between 2000 and 2007, California lost 1.1 million people while Texas absorbed 500,000 new arrivals. And whereas California for the first time in more than 100 years will likely not receive a new congressional seat after the 2010 decennial redistricting, Texas is set to gain as many as four new congressmen.
So sure enough, Texas isn’t just big, it’s getting bigger, and at the expense of states like our own. Until we turn things around quickly in California by learning from the Lone Star state, Texas will keep eating our lunch.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Construction Association Political Action Committee (TCA PAC) for the general election.
“Gov. Perry’s fiscally conservative track record of supporting efforts to improve the business environment in Texas and create new jobs has helped our industry flourish,” said Steve Rians, Chairman of the Board of the Texas Construction Association. “We are proud to have the opportunity to endorse Gov. Perry in the general election.”
The Texas Construction Association was established in 1998 by Texas construction subcontractor and supplier organizations to promote the common interests of these organizations in Texas. TCA is comprised of 15 member associations. Through these associations and direct memberships, TCA has over 2,300 company members which collectively employ over 175,000 employees.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Construction Association PAC,” said Gov. Perry. “The members of this association help build Texas schools, office buildings and factories, and I will continue to support their efforts so that our great state can continue to lead the nation.”