AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Texans more assistance in recovering from catastrophic losses and damages from three months of wildfires that have affected about 85 percent of Texas counties.
Since Jan. 1, 2008, more than 5,300 wildfires have burned nearly 940,000 acres and destroyed 140 homes in Texas. Some 216 of Texas’ 254 counties have suffered damage from the wildfires.
U.S. Bowling Congress to Move Headquarters to Arlington
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will relocate its headquarters from Greendale, Wisc., to Arlington as a direct result of a $693,000 award from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). The deal brings nearly 200 jobs and $13 million in capital investment to Texas.
"Companies throughout the country are looking to Texas as the place to grow their business thanks to a reasonable regulatory environment, educated workforce, and economic incentives that bolster Texas’ capital and competition in a global marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "As a result of tools like the TEF, Texas continues to diversify our economic portfolio by attracting businesses like the U.S. Bowling Congress, fortifying our standing as the national leader in economic development and job creation."
Texas was in competition with Milwaukee, Wisc., for the relocation project. "The Texas Enterprise Fund award was a critical factor in our decision to relocate USBC’s headquarters to Arlington," said Chief Operating Officer Kevin Dornberger. "Relocating our headquarters to Arlington will provide a business climate that will be invaluable in helping us achieve our future goals for the sport."
Dornberger joins business leaders around the country who recognize Texas’ booming business climate. For the third year in a row, the nation’s leading executives ranked Texas the best state in the nation to do business. The reason mirrors what many publications have applauded Texas for: controlled taxes and spending, reasonable regulations, an educated work force, quality of life and infrastructure. (Chief Executive Magazine, January 2008).
The legislature, at Gov. Perry’s request, created the TEF in 2003 and re-appropriated funding in 2005 and 2007 to help ensure the growth of Texas businesses and create more jobs throughout the state. The fund has since become one of the state’s most competitive tools to recruit and bolster business. To date, the TEF has closed the deal on projects generating more than 51,800 new jobs and $15.6 billion in capital investment in the state.
When budgets begin to tighten, many state politicians start to talk tax hikes. So credit Texas Governor Rick Perry for cutting taxes this week as a way to keep his state as a national leader in job creation. Mr. Perry suspended the state unemployment insurance "replenishment" tax for the rest of the year on grounds that government doesn't need the money but employers do.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today named Kenneth Magidson of Houston as the Harris County district attorney to serve until the end of December 2008. Since 1983, Magidson has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas.
"As a highly respected and accomplished assistant United States attorney, Ken has the experience and leadership skills to lead the Harris County District Attorney’s Office over the next nine months," said Gov. Perry. "After more than 20 years of prosecuting drug traffickers and money launderers at the federal level, and serving as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, his experience will ensure justice is dealt to those who threaten the safety and livelihood of Harris County residents."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today allocated more than $2 million to 22 local law enforcement agencies to support local crime prevention initiatives and provide updated enforcement technology and communications equipment. These grants are awarded through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"Texas is tough on crime and remains dedicated to equipping our law enforcement with the resources necessary to protect our citizens and ensure the safety of our communities," said Gov. Perry.