State and Local Issues

Mexican officials stepping up search for body

October 6, 2010
Houston Chronicle/Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas — The Mexican government says authorities have stepped up their efforts to find the body of an American reportedly shot to death on a border lake. The statement from the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry was in response to a call from Gov. Rick Perry, urging Mexico to use every resource available to find the body of David Hartley and have it returned to the U.S. Tiffany Hartley, of Colorado, says her husband, David, was shot by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake last week as they were returning to the United States on Jet Skis. The statement said Mexican authorities "from the first moment" have been in contact with their U.S. counterparts to coordinate search and recovery of Hartley's body, and noted that Mexico has "stepped up their actions with the support of specialized personnel, boats and helicopters."

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Brand New VIDEO: Border

Texans for Rick Perry launched a new television spot this week called “Border.”

The spot highlights how Governor Rick Perry is utilizing Texas resources to secure the border, even as the Federal Government has been an abject failure on the issue.

Under Governor Perry's leadership, Texas has put more boots on the ground, more technology to use, and more targeted operations to dramatically reduce crime along the border. Below are just a few of Governor Perry's border security initiatives:

* Surge Operations. Starting in June 2006, state-funded operations have committed resources to strategic areas, resulting in an average of 65 percent reduction in serious crime in our border communities where Texas resources have surged. In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature re-approved funding for border operations, dedicating more than $110 million for the second consecutive session.

* Transnational Gang Initiative. In response to a rising tide of gang violence in Texas communities, Gov. Perry secured funding for enhanced anti-gang efforts all across the state. On Feb. 26, 2009, Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting the deployment of an additional 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the Texas-Mexico border. Gov. Perry reiterated his request and concerns in a letter to President Barack Obama on Aug. 21, 2009, and confronted the President in Austin yet again on the issue in 2010.

* Ranger Recon. In September 2009, Gov. Perry launched the Ranger Recon security initiative, which utilizes Ranger Reconnaissance Teams to tap 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 property are threatened by criminals coming across the border.

As the Governor continues traveling all around the state, sharing his positive message with Texans, the momentum and excitement of our campaign continues to get stronger every day. Join us, and help keep Texas strong, secure, and prosperous.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Texas leads the way in wind energy

September 13, 2010
International Herald Tribune
Kater Galbraith
As the United States contemplates a clean-energy future, leadership is coming from a surprising place— Texas. This state is well-known for producing oil and natural gas. But Texas also has erected far more turbines than any other state and now has nearly three times as much wind capacity as Iowa, which is ranked second. Forests of turbines have sprouted atop remote, scrubby mesas. If Texas were its own country, it would generate more wind power than all but five nations—the United States, China, Germany, Spain and India. ‘‘Texas still has a long way to go to meet its future energy demand with an increased amount of clean energy, but there’s a lot of success to build on,’’ said Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, a major environmental group based in San Francisco, who visited the state last week. Texas, he said, ranks second nationally in the creation of clean-energy jobs, after California.

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First TV Spot of Fall Campaign-- Texas: Open for Business

Our campaign launched a new television spot today called “Open for Business.”

The spot highlights the economic success Texas is experiencing because of the leadership and pro-growth policies put into place by Governor Rick Perry.

The keys to success? Don't spend all the money. Keep taxes low. Keep regulations fair and predictable. Tort reform to prevent frivolous and junk lawsuits. Fund an accountable education system. Then get out of the way and let entrepreneurs and the private sector do what the private sector does best-- create jobs. Since 2005, Texas has created far more private-sector jobs than all over states combined.

As the Governor continues traveling the state, bringing his positive message directly to Texans, the momentum and excitement of our campaign continues to get stronger every day.

On Twitter? Follow @GovernorPerry for updates from Rick Perry himself, @GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign, and become a fan of Governor Perry on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest campaign news.

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Fed survey shows slowdown across U.S., continued growth in Texas

September 9, 2010
Austin American Statesman
U.S. ECONOMY Nationwide recovery lost steam in late summer, Fed survey says The economy lost strength in late summer as factory production weakened in areas of the East Coast and Midwest, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The central bank's "Beige Book" survey found the slower growth spreading to more regions of the country. Of the 12 regions the Fed tracks, economic activity slowed or was mixed in five — New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., Atlanta and Chicago. Activity elsewhere was described as modest or pointed to positive developments. In the Fed's previous survey in late July, only two regions had reported slower growth. Texas economy still growing, survey by Dallas Fed reports The economy in Texas and parts of two neighboring states "expanded modestly over the past six weeks," according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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Gov. Perry: Washington Politics Restrict Texas Education Funds

September 2, 2010
Office of the Governor
<i>Perry to submit federal application to try to access funding for school teachers</i> Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to school administrators across the state detailing his efforts to try to access the $830 million in federal funds for Texas schools that Lloyd Doggett’s anti-Texas amendment to the federal emergency education jobs bill (H.R. 1586) has jeopardized. Doggett’s amendment requires the governor to make assurances that the Texas Legislature will make specific funding commitments, which is a violation of the Texas Constitution. “The actions of a Texas congressman, with votes from the congressional majority, make it unlikely for your school to receive these federal funds this year,” Gov. Perry wrote. “I am working with state leaders, educational officials and the U.S. Department of Education to explore every possible avenue to allow hard working Texas teachers to receive these funds.” Despite the punitive Doggett language, Gov. Perry is committed to continue working with the Department of Education to try to access these dollars for Texas, and therefore intends to apply for the federal funds in a manner consistent with Texas laws and the Texas Constitution. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/15095/

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Governor pitches school savings incentive in Lubbock

August 31, 2010
Fox 34 News, Lubbock
Nicole Garza
In the midst of the political season, one of the issues most discussed nationwide is education. In the Lone Star State, Governor Rick Perry is drawing support for a new school savings incentive program. "Sometimes there are functions that you find a better way to do them, and that's a better way to do them and save money so that those dollars can instead go into the classroom," Perry said. Participating districts would receive a grant equaling ten percent of the total money they cut from their budget. Superintendent Karen Garza says there's no doubt, L.I.S.D. can always afford to save a little money, especially if they can earn some of it back. "There are tight times everywhere and I think people are trying to look creatively at at how we can save money, and this is definitely something that we can look at."

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Statement by Rick Perry on bullets from Juarez striking UTEP building

August 23, 2010
El Paso Times
AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding bullets from a gun battle in Juarez that struck a building on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso over the weekend: "For the second time in two months, bullets from a gun battle in the escalating drug war in Juarez have struck a building in El Paso, and I'd like to commend the swift action taken by local and state law enforcement in the area. By the grace of God, the stray bullets from these incidents have yet to injure or kill a Texan. It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration is gambling with American lives, betting that escalating violence from these cartels won't eventually shed the blood of innocent people on U.S. soil. "We must ensure El Paso and other border communities remain a safe place for people to live, work and raise a family. It's time for Washington to stop the rhetoric and immediately deploy a significance force of personnel and resources to the border to protect our homeland."

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Job creation: Continuing the Texas success story

Under Gov. Perry's leadership, Texas has outpaced every other state by leaps and bounds in job creation this year and over the past decade. No other state can boast more Fortune 500 company headquarters than Texas with its low-tax, low-regulation, business-friendly economic climate. Texas is consistently applauded as a model for good government and good fiscal policy, even in the wake of a national recession.

Last week, Gov. Perry was proud to announce the creation of about 300 new jobs in the San Antonio area by a Fortune 500 giant. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) noted Texas' skilled workforce and stalwart academic institutions as a few reasons it relocated to Texas.

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Bill White for Taxes

Bill White this week signaled his preference for higher taxes and more debt:

Governor Perry, by contrast, has signed the Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," and rejects raising taxes:

"Bill White’s call for tax increases is the last thing working families of Texas need in these challenging economic times.

“Transportation, border security and education are just some of the issues that will be a priority in the next state budget. However, just as families have to prioritize spending to make ends meet, so too must their government.

“The people of Texas expect their elected officials to reduce spending and practice fiscal responsibility, not raise taxes in search of additional revenues. I will continue to work with the legislature to identify ways to cut taxes so families can keep more of their hard-earned dollars and keep the Texas economy the envy of the nation.”

There is a clear choice in this race. Choose Governor Perry, not tax hikes.

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