8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction by State Representative Brandon Creighton
Opening Address by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
9:05 a.m. The Tenth Amendment: A Brief Legal and Historical Primer
9:20 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. State Actions to Restore the Tenth Amendment
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Requiring Congress to Balance the Budget
11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Nullification: What It Means, and Is It an Option for the States?
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Remarks by Governor Rick Perry
Keynote Address by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Author and Fox News Contributor
Concluding Remarks by State Representative Wayne Christian
Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that Texas has been ranked the country’s No. 1 exporting state in the United States for the eighth consecutive year.
He credited the state’s economic environment — including its low taxes, a favorable regulatory climate and a skilled and educated workforce — for holding that distinction.
“Texas leads the nation in so many positive categories, from Fortune 500 companies to job creation, and we owe it to our citizens to continue our economic success by adhering to our proven fiscal disciplines,” Perry says. “Our principled leadership has created an environment that allows us to compete for jobs, investment and business, and defend the economic climate that has made Texas the top exporting state in the nation for the eighth straight year.”
Texas’ exports totaled more than $163 billion for 2009, with the top export recipients being Mexico, Canada, China, the Netherlands and Korea. These countries imported $56 billion, $13.7 billion, $8.9 billion, $6 billion and $5.3 billion in Texas-manufactured goods, respectively. Texas’ top exporting industries in 2009 were computers and electronics, chemicals, machinery, petroleum and coal, and transportation equipment.
He also credited the Texas Enterprise Fund for helping to attract businesses, jobs and investment to the state. The fund was instrumental in convincing Allstate Insurance Co. to establish a bilingual call center in San Antonio and create up to 600 jobs.
San Antonio and six metropolitan areas in Texas are expected to be among the first to emerge from the recession, according to Moody’s Economy.
CORPUS CHRISTI – Gov. Rick Perry today visited Corpus Christi and called on the federal government to reimburse the state of Texas for costs associated with detaining criminals in Texas jails who are undocumented immigrants. Gov. Perry announced he will send a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking the federal government to begin reimbursing the state for such costs. The state will begin submitting monthly invoices to the federal government for these costs in hopes that it will start meeting its obligations to uphold immigration policy.
Gov. Perry is also scheduled to speak in San Antonio later today on this topic.
“As we work to tighten our belts here in Texas, we not only run up against Washington-mandated spending, but we face significant troubles caused by Washington’s indifference,” said Gov. Perry. “Currently, the state of Texas spends millions to house criminal aliens that are detained in our prison systems, which means that Texas taxpayers are footing the bill for criminals that wouldn’t be here in the first place if Washington hadn’t failed so miserably when it comes to securing the borders.”
There are currently an estimated 9,000 criminal aliens in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice either serving their sentences or awaiting deportation by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The state of Texas spends $13.5 million each month to detain these individuals who would otherwise not be in our state if the federal government was upholding its responsibility to secure our international borders.
Gov. Perry has also invited local law enforcement officials to submit their bills for such expenses to the Commission on Jail Standards (CJS), which will be combined with the costs incurred by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and included in the state’s monthly invoices. He noted that Sec. Napolitano should be familiar with Texas’ request as she requested the same reimbursements during her time as governor of Arizona.
Gov. Perry is also asking Sec. Napolitano to expedite ICE’s Secure Communities Initiative, a program designed to efficiently identify criminal aliens, so it will be available to more communities more quickly, and help improve the process of identifying and removing criminal aliens from the U.S. To date, the tools this initiative provides have been implemented in only 50 of Texas’ 254 counties, leaving local jails largely on their own when it comes to determining the immigration status of individuals in their custody.
“Of course Washington has no problem transporting illegal aliens into our state as they drive them through Presidio and drop them off just over the border as part of the Alien Transfer and Exit Program,” said Gov. Perry. “However, they have yet to truly acknowledge their responsibility when it comes to criminal aliens, a failure that continues to create a safety problem and a significant financial burden for our state.”
Additionally, the governor will direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and CJS to work together on developing guidance for local jailers to help them identify criminal aliens in their custody. He also pledged to work with the Legislature to create a Criminal Alien Verification Program within DPS. As Texas has filled the gap on Washington’s failure to secure the border, it will also take steps to ensure Texas law enforcement can adequately identify criminal aliens within our borders until the federal government fulfills its obligation to the state on this issue.
“The investment that we’re making to protect Texans ends up protecting communities all across the country as we serve as the first line of defense in this struggle,” said Gov. Perry. “The federal government’s failure to secure our border has a domino effect across Texas and across the country that we will continue to battle because the safety of our citizens is a top priority.”
IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Irving Police Association to discuss the impact of Texas’ border security efforts and reiterate his commitment to upholding the security of Texas communities.
“I deeply respect the Federal Border Patrol Agents who work with our local and state law enforcement in the border region, but they have consistently been shortchanged when it comes to the resources that they need to do their job,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why Texas keeps stepping up with resources to fill that gap. I am proud of what Texas has done to bolster border security by putting more boots on the ground with the technology, coordination and support they need.”
Gov. Perry specifically highlighted efforts to combat the threat of transnational gangs across the state, which have become an increasing threat to Texas communities and recruit members from Texas schools and prisons.
“As we have made life and business tougher for the drug cartels, they have relied increasingly on transnational gangs fueling their growth in size and influence in communities across our state,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why we have provided close to $4 million in grants to local police departments across the state in 2008 in the effort to provide adequate resources to peace officers on the front lines of the ongoing conflict with these gangs.”
Specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as part of the state’s transnational gangs initiative, $225,000 grants were awarded to Arlington, Garland, Fort Worth and Irving, along with a $500,000 grant for Dallas.
The governor cited the success of the state’s anti-gang strategy, noting 2009 reports from police departments across the state that show close to 1,000 felony arrests and the seizure of more than half a ton of drugs. In addition to grants allocated in 2008, the 81st Legislature passed an omnibus gang bill which provided for the electronic monitoring of gang members, the creation of gang-free zones, and the establishment of civil liability for gang members and the damage they cause. The Legislature also funded a gang intelligence section within the Texas Fusion Center as well as gang investigations and prosecutions.
“These gangs most certainly know that we mean business and the drug cartels that fund them are working even harder to overcome our efforts,” said Gov. Perry. “Fortunately for us, we have the resolve, and more importantly, we have Texas peace officers who have sworn to defend our citizens and do so with great courage. I thank them for their service and the safety and security they preserve with their sacrifice.”
Because the federal government has failed to secure Texas’ international border, Gov. Perry has been instrumental in providing the necessary resources to fill the gap by implementing a border security strategy based on putting boots on the ground and equipping law enforcement with the technology, training and funding they need to stem the flow of crime across our border:
• At Gov. Perry’s request, the Texas legislature allocated $110 million in state funds in 2007 to amplify border security efforts through Operation Border Star, which has funded more personnel, and provided assets like aircraft, patrol boats and better technology for communications, data management and coordinated efforts.
• At Gov. Perry’s request, legislators renewed border funding at $116 million in 2009, which includes funds to combat the emerging threat of transnational gangs infiltrating our communities and threatening the safety of our citizens, recruiting members from Texas schools and prisons.
• In Oct. 2009, Gov. Perry launched the Ranger Recon Teams, which utilizes the specialized criminal intelligence and apprehension capabilities of the Texas Rangers to protect Texans who live in remote areas of the border, and whose lives and whose property are threatened by border crime.
• Since Jan. 2009, Gov. Perry has urged the federal government, through letters to President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to approve his request for 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen to support civilian law enforcement efforts to enhance border security in Texas.
• Gov. Perry has consistently fought to fund and utilize innovative technology to support border security strategies which include the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition’s Virtual Border Watch program, a system of cameras along the border, which creates a virtual online patrol presence, allowing the public to view and report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Other technology resources include five state-of-the-art helicopters with forward-looking infrared, electronic fingerprint booking stations, night vision goggles for law enforcement, license plate readers and enhanced radio interoperability to allow communication between different law enforcement jurisdictions.
<em>Stresses education and job creation as keys to continued success during visits to small businesses in Dallas and Amarillo</em>
DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today shared his message of fiscal responsibility during a visit to Texas Instruments. The governor spoke against Washington’s out of control spending, specifically noting the most recent budget that anticipates more than $5 trillion in deficit spending over the next five years, and noted reports of illegal activity related to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Perry spoke in Amarillo.
“This is just another example of the folks in Washington spending money they don’t have on solutions they haven’t thought through for problems they don’t really understand in an attempt to make people more dependent on them,” said Gov. Perry. “When you add in the latest revelations from the Inspector General reviewing the bailouts, including possible criminal and civil fraud, tax evasion, insider trading, and public corruption, you really have to wonder if the word ‘accountability’ is anywhere in Washington’s vocabulary.”
Gov. Perry further emphasized the importance of fiscal discipline by reiterating the need for Texas to amend its constitution with two key provisions: requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve tax increases and limiting spending growth to the combined growth rates of Texas’ population and inflation. Both amendments will ensure the continued fiscal discipline that allowed Texas to balance its budget in 2009 while setting aside billions for its Rainy Day fund and cutting taxes for more than 40,000 small businesses.
In his remarks, Gov. Perry also stressed the importance of strengthening Texas’ education while maintaining a focus on job creation efforts as the keys to preparing an equipped workforce and overcoming the challenges of the struggling national economy. He reiterated his recent proposal calling on the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts to further leverage the privilege of a driver’s license as an incentive to keep students engaged in the education process.
To ensure Texas continues providing a strong education to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive workplace, Gov. Perry has announced a proposed expansion of the state’s Virtual School Network to improve access to high quality, online courses for high school students and help recapture students who have dropped out of school. Gov. Perry has also called on doubling the number of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) academies in an effort to educate more Texas students in the subjects required of an increasingly high tech economy and workplace, and expanding the UTeach Program in an effort to recruit university students earning math and science degrees into teaching.
Gov. Perry also credited the comparative strength of Texas’ economy to four principles that Texas leaders have upheld including fiscal restraint, a predictable regulatory climate, a reasonable and fair legal system, and an accountable public school system that is better preparing our children to compete in the workforce.
“Because we have kept it simple and stuck to our guns, entrepreneurs know that they can succeed on their own merits without being taxed, regulated and frivolously sued out of existence,” said Gov. Perry. “They also know that our workforce is getting stronger by the day because we have improved the quality of public education by emphasizing accountability, teacher incentive pay and mastery of the basic subjects.”
Acknowledging the challenging economic climate posed by the national recession, the governor pledged to keep working until every Texan who wants a job has a job and noted that Texas’ commitment to upholding a business-friendly climate will lead the state to continued economic success. Texas economist Ray Perryman recently noted that Texas is the “last in and first out” when it comes to the current economic downturn, pointing to the job growth that Texas has experienced in three of the past six months. The Texas Workforce Commission has also reported that Texas created more private sector jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years and has the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 largest states in the nation.
“The story of hardworking innovators coming together to attract the best and brightest is played out again and again all across Texas as people take advantage of the job-friendly climate we’ve created and risk their capital in pursuit of a vision,” said Gov. Perry. “The fact is, even though no one is immune to the effects of the economic downturn, Texas is better off than just about every other state, thanks to years of disciplined conservative leadership at every level.”
<em>Senator says “I don’t do pork” but has been called “Queen of Earmarks” for requesting $10 billion worth</em>
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was today unveiled as the “Porker of the Year” runner-up for 2009 by Citizens Against Government Waste (GAGW). Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, GAGW president Tom Schatz said that Sen. Hutchison finished second to Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank in the 2009 “Porker of the Year” balloting.
In announcing her runner-up finish, Schatz described Sen. Hutchison as “one of those individual members of Congress who unfortunately says that they are a fiscal conservative and yet she asked for about one-and-a-half billion dollars in pork-barrel projects for the current fiscal year. So you have telling the folks back home that I’m doing well, and then you have the actual record, so there is the hypocritical part of that.”
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“With a 17-year career in Washington of voting for bailouts, record deficits, and billions in earmarks, Senator Hutchison is once again being recognized for her bad spending habits,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “We hope the senator and her campaign enjoy the delivery of pork today on behalf of Texans for Rick Perry.”
This afternoon, the Hutchison campaign is being delivered 10 pulled pork sandwiches, one for every billion dollars in earmarks she has requested in her career.
During a 2006 Senate debate, Sen. Hutchison infamously said, “I don’t do pork,” but in 2009 she was called the “Queen of Earmarks” by the San Antonio Express-News for her more than $10 billion in earmarks, “a staggering sum that has never been tallied before. It ranks her among the most successful earmarkers in congressional history.”
(SOURCES: “Candidates clash over Iraq,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/26/06; “Texas senator is queen of earmarks,” San Antonio Express-News, 10/9/09)
On the eve of the second Texas Republican gubernatorial debate, Gov. Rick Perry told East Texans that under his administration, Texas has set a blueprint to recover from the economic crisis that he believes Washington should follow.
Governor Rick Perry issued a statement this evening on Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown's big win in Massachusetts:
“I want to congratulate Senator-elect Scott Brown on his historic victory in Massachusetts. His election, along with the election last November of Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey, should send a loud and clear message that the states of this great nation will continue to reject the misguided policies coming out of Washington, D.C. The election of a 41st Republican to the U.S. Senate is especially significant to stop the ill-advised health care bill that will cost states billions of dollars. I fully support Senator-elect Brown’s pledge to stand with Republicans in Congress to stop this harmful piece of legislation.”