Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - 10th Amendment

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States are best positioned to deal with state issues, a fact the founding fathers had in mind when they included the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.  Over the years, that right has been clouded by ongoing federal encroachments that are reflected in a recent series of attempts by Washington to seize even more control over numerous Texas programs, including some of the most successful initiatives of their kinds in the country.

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Texas is a national leader in reducing emissions and known pollutants, and advancing renewable energy sources all while remaining a leader in the nation's energy production. We have successfully balanced the need for environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment, and job creation. Texas continues to advance new, clean energy technology by using market incentives and stable regulation, not costly mandates and taxes.

The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their efforts to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has effectively cleaned Texas' air. An increasingly activist EPA is ignoring the progress Texas has made to clean its air over the last decade, and should instead look to our state's successful approach to issues concerning energy and the environment.

» National Health Care Reform
Texas has consistently been at the forefront in innovative efforts to control medical costs, utilizing market-based solutions to improve the quality of treatments and widen access to care for all Texans. Governor Perry has called for a rejection of federal mandates, and instead promoted state-based solutions, such as Texas' successful reform of the medical liability tort system in 2003. Reform has brought critically-needed doctors back to traditionally-underserved portions of Texas, many in specialties – such as obstetrics – that had been largely chased out of the state by out-of-control trial lawyers. Governor Perry has also championed programs to increase the number of nurses in the state and led the effort to invest millions of dollars in biotechnology and the health care of tomorrow, leveraging the Emerging Technology Fund to help get new technology, treatments and cures to market more quickly. Through common sense laws and the spirit of innovation, Texas is well-positioned for the future of health care.

» Women's Health Program
The Texas Women's Health Program provides preventative health care to more than 100,000 Texas women, including screenings for breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and hypertension, among other services. First implemented in 2007, the program is being phased out by the Obama Administration.

Under federal law, state leaders are left to administer the program and set criteria for who is considered a qualified provider. Consistent with state and federal law, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has developed the program to ensure continued access to care by qualified providers across Texas.

The Obama Administration rejected the state's waiver application because Texas law excludes abortion providers and their affiliates, like Planned Parenthood, from a list of qualified providers. This is despite the fact Planned Parenthood represents less than 2 percent of enrolled providers statewide.

Following the administration’s decision, Gov. Perry directed Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek to establish TWHP to continue providing the services WHP provided, until the decision is reversed by Congress or the courts.

News & Announcements

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Washington's Revealing Reaction to Our Rejection
    Based upon the reaction out of Washington, I must have touched a nerve when I announced that Texas won’t be pursuing the strings-attached federal stimulus funds known as Race to the Top (RTTT). President Obama and his Administration have put a target on the backs of Texas leaders, taxpayers and employers because our state leaders and lawmakers have proven that conservative principles can balance budgets, improve schools, clean the environment and help entrepreneurs create jobs. Texans have also led the 10th Amendment charge to protect state sovereignty from threats like the President’s latest effort to circumvent the right of states to determine how to best educate their children.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Expansion of Federal Powers Impacts Us All
    The education of your children. The relationship between you and your doctor. The ability of your employer to stay in business. These are among the most personal, life-affecting issues facing Texans today, and every one of them has recently been targeted for expanded federal control.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It... What Others Are Saying
    The following individuals and leaders from around the state have commented on Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to apply for federal Race to the Top funding.
  • Friday, January 15, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Governor Perry Discusses the Fundamental Strengths of Texas
    "Today, I joined with Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Straus, in requesting more belt tightening by our state agencies. In light of Comptroller Combs’ November report describing substantially weakened revenues, we must cut spending now, and stay ahead of the budget challenge. Together, we’ve asked each state agency to submit a plan detailing savings up to 5% that will minimize the impact on direct services. We run a lean operation in Texas, so those cuts won’t be easy, but we’ve taken this tack before like in 2003, and it works. Texans depend on us to make the tough choices…so we will."
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas Knows Best How to Educate Our Students
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas will not submit an application for federal Race to the Top education funds. Despite tremendous education successes, Texas’ application would be penalized by the U.S. Department of Education for refusing to commit to adopt national curriculum standards and tests and to incur ongoing costs.