Gov. Perry on Economic Development in Texas

Texas has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to do business in the nation under Gov. Perry’s leadership.

  • Aggressive Job Creation. Since July 2003, Texas has created more than 1 million net new jobs. In 2008, more than half of the jobs created in the entire nation were created in Texas. In October and November of 2009, Texas gained 70,000 jobs while the nation as a whole lost 122,000 jobs. The Texas Enterprise Fund, the largest job creation fund of its kind in the nation, began under Perry in 2003 and is generating more than 55,000 new jobs and $15 billion in capital investment for Texas.
  • Record Property Tax Reductions. Gov. Perry championed $15.5 billion in property tax reductions, which resulted in a 33 percent decrease in school property tax rates for Texas homeowners and businesses.
  • Texas is Succeeding. Click here to see the dozens of accolades and awards Texas has received for its strong economy and friendly business climate.

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Texas crowned champion of economic development

03/03/14
San Antonio Business Journal
James Aldridge
Texas has won Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup for 2013. The magazine’s editors say this is the fith time the state has won the award under Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership.

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Rick Perry: Not The Government's Business To Set Minimum Wage

CNN: Texas governor Rick Perry spars with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on raising the minimum wage.

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Perry: Unions look to job creators like me

Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins Morning Joe to discuss all things economic: from job creation in his state and his relationship with unions to fuel policies.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Occidental Petroleum Relocating Headquarters to Texas

02/14/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on Occidental Petroleum Corporation moving its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles, California to Houston, Texas:

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Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard W. Fisher: Concluding Remarks From a Speech Before the Financial Executives International

February 11, 2014

For far too long, the greatest obstacle to the nation’s economic prosperity has resided here:

An editorial in today’s Financial Times encapsulated in 11 words an argument I have been making repeatedly: “Fiscal policy is still not an ally of U.S. growth.”[1]

I’ll conclude by making the argument once more.

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ICYMI: TTARA Study Finds Texas Economy Well Positioned for the Future

02/12/14
AUSTIN – The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) today released an analysis of Texas’ 2014-15 budget, finding that it is one of the leanest in the nation and the state’s fiscal outlook is strong.

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Texas surpasses California as top tech exporter

02/11/14
Dallas Morning News
Nick Swartsell
WASHINGTON–Texas is tops for tech exports, a new report says. Companies in Texas making semiconductors, telecommunications devices, computers, and other items shipped more than $45 billion in products to other countries in 2012, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation, a lobbying and advocacy firm representing the technology industries. That’s a $3 billion rise from 2011.

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Texas continues to dominate in international trade

02/06/14
Houston Business Journal
Olivia Pulsinelli
Texas is the top exporting state for the 12th year in a row, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday, citing U.S. Census Bureau data.

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ICYMI: Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 12th Consecutive Year

02/06/14
AUSTIN – Texas has again been ranked the number one exporting state in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the 12th consecutive year Texas has held this position. The state’s export revenues for 2013 amounted to nearly $279.7 billion, up 5.4 percent from the previous year and outpacing U.S. export growth.

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