Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement on the Travis County court's decision to deny Planned Parenthood's temporary restraining order attempting to force inclusion of the organization in the Texas Women's Health Program:
"Today's ruling finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed care, while at the same time respecting the values and laws of our state. I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates."
Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, spoke before the opening sessions of both the state Senate and House on Tuesday, but his remarks were less a call to battle or detailed blueprint for the next 139 days, than a more gentle reminder that legislators should resist the temptation to spend more in the face of a rosier revenue picture.
Rick Perry loves all kinds of guns. The Texas governor, who famously shot dead a coyote with his .380 Ruger pistol for threatening his dog while on a morning run in 2010, agreed to be the subject of this new feature series that explores the gun collections of people in the spotlight.
Earlier this week, I interviewed Texas Governor Rick Perry at the 2012 Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York. Perry’s Texas has been an engine of economic growth, far outpacing national indicators, and Perry has a source of creative free-market approaches to state policy problems, especially in the health-care arena. Indeed, some of Perry’s most interesting initiatives are the ones that have remained on the shelf: for example, his exploration of cross-border health insurance as a way to make coverage more affordable for millions of people along the Rio Grande. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our discussion, in which Perry talked about how states should respond to the implementation of Obamacare, and what the Republican health-care message should be in 2016.
Gov. Rick Perry today applauded efforts made this legislative session to set the bar even higher to ensure all Texas students are prepared for both college and career, bolstering our state's world-class, skilled workforce. Texas continues to be a national leader with regard to our school accountability system, curriculum standards, and expectations of rigor in our graduation requirements. The governor signed Senate Bill 441 and House bills 5, 809, 842, 2201 and 3662.
Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for meeting Texas' water future water needs. HB 4 provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available resources.
While we may have disagreements about policies and bills in the last days of the 83rd legislative session, there is absolutely no disagreement about the importance of honoring America’s fallen heroes. Today, we honor America’s fallen heroes.
"The creation of this new university in South Texas is a historic moment for the future students who will fill the classrooms, proudly call this university their alma mater, and create a brighter future for themselves and their families. And through the creation of the new medical school, we continue our uncompromising commitment to improving access to care and keeping our growing population healthy."