Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009.
The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) denial of individual assistance for Central Texas counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1.
“The communities affected by the Halloween floods have been left with devastating financial burdens,” Gov. Perry said. “Texas is utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of these families and businesses in Central Texas, but the damage is of such magnitude that federal individual assistance is necessary. I urge President Barack Obama to immediately grant the assistance that these Texans need to recover and rebuild their lives.”
One newcomer to Davos this year was Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Perry said he had more important meetings with international counterparts in the last 48 hours then in months, and that he was looking forward to seeing Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and Shimon Peres later.
Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he thinks states ought to be able to experiment with drug policy, but that he opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use in Texas, where he said the use of drug courts to find alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders has proven successful.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as part of a panel on the “drugs dilemma” that also included Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Perry said he feared entirely removing the penalties for drug use would send the wrong signal, and cited former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama for suggesting that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.