AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission’s recommendations to triple the federal gas tax from its current 18.4 cents to nearly 60 cents per gallon (with a series of five tax increases over five years) and curtail states’ ability to leverage the capital and innovation of the private sector. Adding an even harsher blow to taxpayers, the commission encouraged states to follow suit and simultaneously raise their own gas taxes at an even higher rate than the proposed federal increase. Congress must reject these recommendations.
As I stand here today, the start of the next legislative session is just a year away. I am firmly committed to spending that year and that session refining the innovations we have championed. I want to continue our state’s progress on conservative principles like limited government, low taxation, accountability, and policies that allow individual Texans to prosper.
After more than twenty years in this business, my philosophy of life, leadership, and governance has pretty much boiled down to one word: competitiveness.
When you think about your kids and what you want for them, you want them to be competitive. You certainly want them to succeed, but, more than that, you want their achievements to accurately reflect their abilities…and you want their rewards to match their efforts.
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $750,000 award from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to StarVision Technologies, Inc. The funds will help develop the company’s SpeedStar™ product, a revolutionary new altitude-determination sensor system that improves satellite performance, while reducing costs.
"The Emerging Technology Fund continues to draw new talent to the state, spur the commercialization of university research, and provide technological visionaries the financial boost they need to get their companies and products into the marketplace," said Gov. Perry. "By partnering with the private sector and investing in projects that create jobs, diversify and enrich our economy, Texas is quickly becoming a global competitor in innovative technologies."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry awarded more than $1.65 million to eight programs across the state that provide individual and group substance abuse treatment to juvenile and adult offenders. The grants are awarded through the federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"These grants fund important programs that help those caught in a cycle of self-destructive substance abuse return to a path of leading healthy, productive lives," said Gov. Perry.