Amongst the 40 largest states (accounting for 97% of the U.S. population), Texas is the only one that still had more jobs in March 2010 than before the national recession began three years ago (Jan. 2007-Jan. 2010). Texas’ net increase in jobs compares to California’s net loss of nearly 1.3 million during the same period.
Texas created more new jobs over the past decade than any other state in the nation. Most other U.S. states, on the other hand, actually ended the decade with fewer jobs than when it began. (Jan. 2000-Jan. 2010)
Texas' success did not happen by accident. Our state's fiscally conservative, pro-growth approach has helped Texas weather the recession better than any other large state in America.
Texas, the second-most populous state and the world’s 12th largest economy, is where 70 percent of all new U.S. jobs have been created since 2008. Unsurprisingly, it scores high in all the areas CEOs value most. “You feel like state government understands the value of business and industry to create jobs and growth,” observed one CEO. Its tax credits and incentives to business choosing to locate or expand are among the most aggressive. The Texas Enterprise Fund is by far the largest deal-closing fund of any state, with grants totaling $377 million disbursed in 2008.
Little wonder then that while Texas gained over 848,000 net new residents in the last 10 years, according to the Census Bureau, California lost 1.5 million.
Individuals responsible for the success of large and small businesses alike know that Texas is a place where organizations can risk their capital, find a qualified and educated workforce, deal with low taxes and a predictable regulatory climate, not be over-litigated, and succeed.
Individuals looking for good jobs know that Texas is a great place to live, work, and raise a family; the latest data from Allied Van Lines once again proves that point, as more Americans voted with their feet and relocated to Texas than any other state last year.
Indeed, while no place in America has been completely immune to the global economic crunch, the Dallas Fed explains, "new data and anecdotal evidence suggest that a recovery is under way in the state."
Even the Brookings Institution, which nobody would mistake for a right-of-center organization, takes note of Texas' success.
There is a reason so many are recognizing Texas' success. Let's keep the positive momentum going in Texas. Let's re-elect Governor Rick Perry in November.
New video details how liberal trial lawyer Bill White is hiding his taxes and running from his record
On day 58 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his income tax returns for his years in public service, Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White: Man on the Run.” This video is available online at http://www.youtube.com/user/LiberalBillWhite and here:
“Liberal trial lawyer Bill White is a man on the run from his record, and it’s easy to see why,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Refusing to release his taxes for his years in public service is just one example of dishonesty from Bill White, who hides the fact that he supports Obamacare, that he believes cap and trade doesn’t go far enough, that he joined a group of mayors against gun rights, and that his fiscal mismanagement left Houston with more debt per capita than California. With a record like this, no wonder Bill White is on the run.”
Economic and job growth in Texas will help lead the nation out of recession. The Texas model is one that other states’ governments and the federal government should study for success. As evidence mounts, more and more public officials, news publications, and opinion leaders are pointing to Texas as the ideal case of fiscal management.
Governor Perry’s commitment to fiscally conservative principles has kept Texas the best economic climate in the nation. The American dream is the opportunity to raise a family with the freedom to prosper, and that dream is made possible through low taxes, predictable regulations, limited government, balanced budgets, and a fair legal system. The best thing government can do is step back and allow the private sector to flourish.
Governor Perry has made job creation the top priority in Texas under his leadership. Over the past decade, Texas has created more private-sector jobs than any other state, and in 2008, Texas created more jobs than all the other states combined.
Recently, Gov. Perry announced that Kohl's would add more than 1,000 jobs to the San Antonio area through an investment of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), as Texas remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Governor Perry, endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, is no stranger to firearms. He has his CHL (Concealed Handgun License) and often visitsfiringranges to hone his skills.
As Governor, Rick Perry signed the "castle doctrine," a bill that gives Texans a stronger legal right to defend themselves in their homes, cars and workplaces.
Governor Perry's record on protecting the Second Amendment stands in stark contrast to his opponent's.
For the second year in a row, Texas' five major metropolitan areas nailed down half the top 10 spots in an annual ranking of the best cities to find a job.
"If you look at all the regions, nothing else does as well as Texas," said Michael Shires, a professor at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy in Malibu, Calif., who compiled the rankings with Joel Kotkin, a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. The report was published Wednesday by Newgeography.com.
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos once again led the list of large cities. Rounding out the Texas quintet are San Antonio-New Braunfels (No. 2), Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown (No. 3), Dallas-Plano-Irving (No. 5) and Fort Worth-Arlington (No. 7).
On the list for medium-sized cities were El Paso (No. 5), McAllen-Mission-Edinburg (No. 6) and Corpus Christi (No.7). Among the top small cities were College Station-Bryan (No. 3) and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (No. 4).
"During volatile times, places with broad-based growth strategies -- like Texas and Utah -- do best," Shires wrote in an article accompanying the rankings, "Finding the Good in This Bad Time."
"Cities that are heavily dependent on a narrow set of industries leave themselves vulnerable, paying back the gains of good years in poor years.
"Texas and Utah are states that encourage entrepreneurship and have a low cost of living," he said. "That's why I think they are going to be a good measure as we go forward. At places like Fort Worth, the level of growth is going to come back pretty easily."
He noted that the high rankings for Texas cities weren't just a product of the energy industry. The state also made some key economic adjustments in response to a previous downturn, the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s.
"The state instituted new laws that imposed a range of disciplines on financial markets, such as limiting home-equity lines, thereby minimizing the damage to the state's economy as those markets went topsy-turvy," he wrote.
Shires said the rankings emphasize the "robustness of a region's growth both recently and over time." It is based on three-month rolling averages of monthly employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 1999 to January 2010.
The bottom of the ranking is primarily made up of formerly high-flying real estate markets in the "sand states" -- California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada -- and manufacturing regions in the Rust Belt -- Detroit, Cleveland and Birmingham, Ala. -- where the recession throttled production.
Nationally, Shires said two employment sectors -- government and military -- drove job creation in highly ranked places like northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., and in small cities like Killeen and Fayetteville, N.C., that are home to large military bases.
"I think the big story nationally is that when we recover, it's going to happen, for the most part, in smaller cities and places like Fort Worth where the economy didn't dive as far. Those places are going to lead us out of the recession," he said.
"Texas is sitting well right now," he said. "But I do think some of these other places in the Midwest and mountain states are going to catch up."
AUSTIN, Texas -- Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.
Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.
Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger - loaded with hollow-point bullets - when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He'd also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.
When one came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever, Perry charged.
"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said Tuesday.
Perry, a Republican running for a third full term against Democrat Bill White, is living in a private house in a hilly area southwest of downtown Austin while the Governor's Mansion is being repaired after a 2008 fire. A concealed handgun permit holder, Perry carries the pistol in a belt.
"I knew there were a lot of predators out there. You'll hear a pack of coyotes. People are losing small cats and dogs all the time out there in that community," Perry said.
"They're very wily creatures."
On this particular morning, Perry said, he was jogging without his security detail shortly after sunrise.
"I'm enjoying the run when something catches my eye and it's this coyote. I know he knows I'm there. He never looks at me, he is laser-locked on that dog," Perry said.
"I holler and the coyote stopped. I holler again. By this time I had taken my weapon out and charged it. It is now staring dead at me. Either me or the dog are in imminent danger. I did the appropriate thing and sent it to where coyotes go," he said.
Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill.
"It was not in a lot of pain," he said. "It pretty much went down at that particular juncture."
Texas state law allows people to shoot coyotes that are threatening livestock or domestic animals. The dog was unharmed, Perry said.
Perry's security detail was not required to file a report about the governor discharging a weapon, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange.
"People shoot coyotes all the time, snakes all the time," Mange said. "We don't write reports."
The governor left the coyote where it fell.
"He became mulch," Perry said.
A new opinion poll found Texas business leaders believe the state's economy is moving in the right direction, the national economy is on the wrong track and government regulations and rising health care costs are the top two issues facing the business community.
The new survey, which polled business and economic influencers who earn $100,000 or more, was conducted by Burson-Marsteller and Penn Schoen Berland.
The survey asked Texans on a broad range of key issues, from health care and energy to higher education and the environment. The poll stacked Texas opinions against national responses, noting some strong similarities, as well as some differences.
Texans believe the local economy is on the right track and the national economy is not, the report said. Conversely, the national elite believe by a slightly smaller margin that the national economy is on the right track.
“Texas is well known for its strong, pro-business climate,” said Mark Penn, president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and president of Penn Schoen Berland.
“The Texas influencers we polled exuded confidence in the direction of the state’s economy, and a strong belief that Texas will continue to be a growing destination for national and international business."
Eight-three percent of Texans surveyed believe that private industry is part of the solution to the economic crisis rather than part of the problem, while just 67 percent of national elites believe that private industry is a solution, and 33 percent believe it is part of the problem in the economic crisis, the report states.
“A number of publications have rated Texas as one, if not the best place to do business. Governor Perry has worked very hard to attract business and jobs to our state, and I think those efforts are showing great results and this poll bears that out,” said Karen Hughes, Burson-Marsteller global vice chair.
Down here in Texas, we love our guns: We love owning them, talking about them, and being able to use them to defend our lives and property. And this goes a long way in explaining why we’re so fond of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in the history of the state and one of the best friends a gun owning citizenry could ask for.
It also shines a light on one of the central reasons why Perry’s challenger in the upcoming 2010 gubernatorial elections, former Houston Mayor Bill White (D), is going to have a hard time persuading Texans to support him. For while Perry’s pro-gun resume reads like something the late Charlton Heston would have been proud of, the anti-gun resume of White reads like something the gun control proponents at the Brady Campaign would fully embrace.
While mayor of Houston, in 2006 White joined New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” Ostensibly, the group’s goal was to somehow limit the trafficking of illegal weapons across state lines. In reality, however, the group’s greatest “success” was helping to defeat Sen. John Thune’s (R.-S.D.) “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill” in 2009. Thune’s bill would have made it legal for a concealed-carry permit holder from one state to carry his concealed firearm across a state line, as long as he was crossing from one state that allowed concealed carry into another that allowed it as well.
During White’s time as a member of “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” the group also did its best to sink to the Tiahrt amendment, a pro-gun amendment that consists of a series of ‘riders’ to the appropriations bill that funds the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Since its inception in 2003, the Tiahrt amendment has protected the privacy rights of every day citizens by mandating privacy in gun purchases. It does this in part by guaranteeing that once a person passes a federal background check and is cleared to purchase a firearm, the paper records of that check are destroyed within 24 hours. This is just another way of saying the Tiahrt amendment has, to date, prevented the government from compiling a national registry of all gun owners in this country.
Yet on June 6, 2007, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” ran a full-page ad in USA Today, opposing the Tiahrt amendment and then-Mayor Bill White endorsed the ad with his signature.
Call me crazy, but White is going to have a hard time convincing Texans that his opposition to Thune’s reciprocity legislation and his stand against the Tiahrt amendment were aimed at stopping the flow of illegal guns. He’d have better luck arguing that denying me butter will somehow make Rosie O’Donnell thin.
And it’s demonstrable that other Democrats in Texas have distanced themselves from White in the past for fear that his anti-gun reputation would render them unelectable. Last July, former Texas Comptroller John Sharp (D) commented on White’s intention to run for Senate: "Mr. White's war on guns is already making it impossible for him to be elected statewide in Texas.… He should immediately disassociate himself from [‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’] so he doesn't also hurt the chances of other Democrats running for public office."
To be fair to White, he did quit “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” shortly after Sharp’s criticism. Yet he did so under the false premises that he left the group over its opposition to the Tiahrt amendment: the very amendment against which he’d endorsed the USA Today ad in 2007.
While White is running from his anti-gun past, Perry strongly supports the individual right to gun ownership and the subsequent right to use guns in self-defense. White has no pro-gun endorsements whatsoever but Perry has the endorsements of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association,
The bottom line is this: Perry is a pro-gun governor and White is an anti-gun Democrat.
Texas will have to secede from itself before White has a chance of winning.
<em>HUMAN EVENTS columnist A.W.R. Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in U.S. Military History from Texas Tech University. He will be a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal during the summer of 2010.</em>
<i>“Bill White should be ashamed of his anti-military beliefs”</i>
Captain Scott O’Grady, USAF, today called on Democratic gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com/" target="_blank">Bill White</a> to apologize for supporting limited voting rights for men and women of the military.
In 1997, “White said military voters are entitled to have a say in the races for federal offices – president, vice president and the Congress – but not in state, county or local elections.” (SOURCE: “Democratic leader supports voting suit,” San Antonio Express-News, March 7, 1997)
“As Memorial Day weekend begins, <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com/" target="_blank">Bill White</a> should apologize to all veterans and military men and women for supporting limited voting rights for the military,” said O’Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia while helping to enforce a NATO no-fly zone. “As someone who has served overseas, I am personally offended by Bill White’s belief that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving their nation should be denied the right to vote for candidates seeking county, local, and state offices – including the office he is now running for. Bill White should be ashamed of his anti-military beliefs.”
On March 6, 1997, while Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Bill White held a press conference to announce his support for frivolous lawsuits filed by two Democratic candidates in Val Verde County who claimed that approximately 800 mail-in ballots cast by military members caused them to lose their November 1996 elections. Laughlin Air Force Base is located in Val Verde County.
In June 1997, State District Judge Stephen Ables ruled the ballots were legally cast, upholding the results of the elections.
<i>Missing Tax Returns Day 81: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his role in EPA power grab</i>
The Obama Administration has a partner in its efforts to kill tens of thousands of Texas jobs – liberal trial lawyer Bill White. Despite bragging last year about his work with the EPA, White is now trying to hide his role in the EPA’s power grab of Texas’ permitting process just like he has hidden his income tax returns for 81 days and counting.
In 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported White “met with senior EPA officials about how the state handles emissions permit requests,” and, “After meeting with White, EPA officials announced that many of the TCEQ rules are in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.” [1, 2]
This ignores Texas’ air quality successes, including the 22 percent reduction in ozone and 46 percent decrease in NOx emissions since 2000. 
“Liberal Bill White is a partner in President Obama’s efforts to impose federal command-and-control policies on Texas,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “First Bill White told President Obama how to sell cap-and-trade to the American public, then he specifically encouraged the EPA to attack Texas policies despite our state becoming a global energy leader while effectively cleaning our air and protecting our environment without adhering to federal one-size-fits-all regulations that have delivered less effective results to other states. Bill White tries to hides these facts like he continues to hide his tax returns, but he cannot hide from the truth.”
 “Texas air rules violate federal law, EPA says,” Houston Chronicle, 9/9/10, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/6608038.html
 “EPA double take: A request from Houston’s mayor spurs re-evaluation of toxic-emission rules,” Houston Chronicle,” 10/30/09, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6693831.html
 “Texas Air Quality Successes,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, http://tceq.state.tx.us/implementation/air/airsuccess
<i>On Day 80 of Bill White’s Refusal to Release His Tax Returns, Mr. Bill’s Liberal Record Continues</i>
"As the Obama Administration seeks to kill tens of thousands of Texas jobs by upholding bureaucratic, one-size-fits-all environmental regulations, Bill White refuses to speak out against these misguided policies and the crippling toll they will take on our state’s thriving energy industry," said Texans for Rick Perry Campaign Manager Rob Johnson. "For years, Bill White has advocated for increased government regulation without regard for the negative impact it would have on Texas’ economy, and he has advised the Obama Administration on how to sell devastating cap and trade policy to the American public."
"Bill White’s big-government, liberal thinking is counter to years of progress Texas has achieved in becoming a global energy leader while effectively cleaning our air and protecting our environment. On Day 80 of refusing to release his tax returns, Bill White’s liberal record continues. His support of cap and trade, opposition to tort reform and refusal to rule out tax increases prove he is out of touch with the concerns of Texans and in line with policies that will slash jobs and derail the Texas economy," Johnson said.
<i>Missing Taxes Day 79: As wait for hidden tax returns continues, media reports reveal truth about liberal trial lawyer’s record</i>
Liberal trial lawyer <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com" target="_blank">Bill White</a> is on the run from his record of shady business dealings by continuing to hide his income tax returns for his years in public service for 79 days and counting.
Yet despite the deceitful efforts of White, recent media reports are revealing the truth about his record, including an article from the Victoria Advocate titled, “Why I will not vote for Bill White?” (SOURCE: “Why I will not vote for Bill White?” Victoria Advocate, 5/22/10, article below and available online at http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblogs/grey-hair-thoughts-and-wisdom/2010/may/22/why-i-will-not-vote-for-bill-white/?print)
“Liberal trial lawyer Bill White cannot run from his record forever,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Texans deserve to know the truth about his career of shady business dealings and his mismanagement of Houston. Come clean, Mr. Bill, and release your taxes. What are you hiding? What are you afraid of?”
<i>Missing Taxes Day 78: Reports continue of problems caused by liberal trial lawyer Bill White’s hand-picked leadership</i>
Liberal trial lawyer Bill White continues to run from his role in the Metro-gate scandal in Houston, just as he continues to hide his income tax returns for 78 days and counting.
However, White cannot outrun the truth, as today the Austin American-Statesman published a front-page exposé detailing White’s involvement in Metro-gate.
Included in the article are details of how White appointed a top campaign donor Metro Chairman, how the agency under White’s hand-picked leadership was known for being “run in a very nontransparent manner,” and the conclusion that “it's fair to hold White accountable.” (SOURCE: “Perry seeks to pin Houston transit problems on ex-Mayor White,” Austin American-Statesman, 5/24/10, full article below and available online at http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/perry-seeks-to-pin-houston-transit-problems-on-704997.html)
“Liberal Bill White has a starring role in Metro-gate, from his decision to reward a top campaign donor by appointing him Metro Chairman to allowing illegal document shredding and the falsifying of documents to the federal government,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Metro-gate is one more mess created by Bill White that Houston’s new mayor has to clean up. It’s time for Bill White to come clean, admit his role in Metro-gate, and release his taxes for his years in public service.”