Gov. Perry believes that dollars do more to create jobs and prosperity in the hands of the people, not in the hands of government, which is why he is committed to balancing the state budget without raising taxes. In these difficult economic times, state government must do what families and businesses across Texas have been doing – separate wants from needs, identify priorities, and reduce spending.
As we work through the budget process this session, Gov. Perry is committed to working with lawmakers to identify savings, make government more streamlined and efficient, and cut spending while protecting essential services. He’s also committed to strengthening the principles that have helped Texas lead the nation in job creation for the past decade and avoid the worst of the national economic recession. This includes keeping taxes low, maintaining a reasonable and predictable regulatory climate and fair legal system, and supporting an accountable education system.
Strengthening these sound, conservative fiscal principles will help ensure Texas continues to be the best place to live, work and raise a family.
» Gov. Perry successfully worked with lawmakers to pass a balanced budget that protects essential services without raising taxes, while maintaining more than $6 billion in the state's Rainy Day Fund which will keep the state equipped to respond to potential natural disasters or ongoing national economic challenges.
» The governor kept his promise in 2009 to cut taxes on small businesses, cutting taxes for 40,000 small businesses. This session, he successfully fought to extend those cuts until 2014.
» The governor signed HB 4 during the regular session, which reduces spending on state government in the current biennium (2010-11) by more than $1 billion.
News & Announcements
Thursday, January 31, 2013 Houston, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Outlines Legislative Priorities at Greater Houston Partnership
Gov. Rick Perry visited the Greater Houston Partnership, where he discussed the state of the state and his priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, particularly his proposals for tax relief, education and infrastructure improvement.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Dallas, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Technical Skills Expand Opportunities for Texas’ Workforce
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Tax Relief, Infrastructure and Education: Priorities to Keep Texas Strong
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Austin, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Gives Remarks at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Speaker Straus Focus on Guiding Principles for 83rd Legislative Session