Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Quality of Life

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From the small towns of West Texas to the streets of the Lone Star State’s largest cities, it’s been said that the best part of living in Texas is having a Texan for a neighbor. Keeping the state out of the way and letting those neighbors work together to solve local challenges is the most reliable way to ensure Texas remains the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.

Action Items

»  Gov. Perry proposed amendments that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to increase taxes, and require the Legislature to limit growth in the state budget to no more than growth in population and inflation combined.
»  Gov. Perry advocated an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, requiring Congress to balance the federal budget.
»  Gov. Perry announced nearly $800,00 in grants to combat human trafficking.
»  Gov. Rick Perry announced initiatives to increase the monitoring and punishment of the most dangerous sex offenders, building on the success of recent initiatives like the Texas Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender list.
»  Gov. Perry has also recommended creating a tax incentive for employers who grant their employees two hours a week of paid time off to return to school or study for their GED. Once the employee has received their diploma or GED, the employer is then eligible to receive $1,500 per student in credit toward sales tax liability.
»  Gov. Perry signed House Bill (HB) 4765 to cut taxes for Texas small business owners
»  Gov. Perry signed legislation protecting Texas property owners.

News & Announcements

  • Friday, February 14, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Occidental Petroleum Relocating Headquarters to Texas
    Occidental Petroleum is the largest oil producer in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, so it seems only fitting the company would locate its headquarters in Houston, the Energy Capital of the World,” Gov. Perry said. “Oxy ranks 125 on the Fortune 500 list, and the company’s move is further evidence Texas has built the most dynamic, pro-growth economy in the nation.
  • Thursday, February 06, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 12th Consecutive Year
    Texas has again been ranked the number one exporting state in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the 12th consecutive year Texas has held this position. The state’s export revenues for 2013 amounted to nearly $279.7 billion, up 5.4 percent from the previous year and outpacing U.S. export growth.
  • Thursday, February 06, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Two TEF Investments Creating 615 New Jobs in Austin
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced investments in Websense Inc. and Dropbox Inc. through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) that will create a total of 615 new jobs in Austin. Execution of the state's agreements with each company is contingent upon finalization of local incentive offers as required by program criteria.
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces TETF Grant for DARPA Robotics Challenge
    Gov. Rick Perry has announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) has awarded a $1.5 million grant to support the University of Texas’ (UT) and Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) participation in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC).
  • Monday, February 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Talking Texas In Switzerland
    Today, no discussion of the world’s economy or economic future is truly complete without including the State of Texas. That’s a point I made last week as I met with global leaders in business and government at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. If I made nothing else clear, it’s that Texas has emerged as a critical figure on the world stage.