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.
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement on the Travis County court's decision to deny Planned Parenthood's temporary restraining order attempting to force inclusion of the organization in the Texas Women's Health Program:
"Today's ruling finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed care, while at the same time respecting the values and laws of our state. I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates."
Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation declaring a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, to coincide with the Day of Mourning called by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy in memory of the 26 victims of last week's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gov. Perry is also encouraging places of worship and buildings that are able to ring bells 26 times to honor each life that was lost.