Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Quality of Life

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January 14, 2010 - Michael Quinn Sullivan - President, Texas for Fiscal Responsibility


June 4, 2010 - Richard Morales - Veteran, Student at St. Philip's College


July 29, 2009 - Georgeanne Warnock, Administrator R. L. Turner High School

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

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    We Built A Stronger Texas
    When it comes to building a thriving economy that benefits citizens across the board, Texas has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary: put people – employers and employees alike – in the best possible position to succeed, and then get out of the way.
  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 • Katy, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Remarks at GEICO Ribbon-Cutting
    When you boil it right down, what people want most in the world is a chance at prosperity. They want a good job, an ability to take care of their families and the potential to do more with their lives. For every company like GEICO that chooses to expand, or relocate, in our state, that means more Texans getting the opportunities they need to achieve their goals.
  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor to Join BentProp Project to Search for Fallen Soldiers
    Gov. Rick Perry will join the BentProp Project in the Republic of Palau, where he will help search for American servicemen who went missing in action (MIA) during air battles over the island nation during World War II. The governor and first lady will travel to Koror, Palau from April 5 – April 17. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys’ travel and accommodations on this trip.
  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: Dallas Fed Report Finds Texas Leads in Job Creation at All Pay Levels
    A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted that Texas experienced more job growth at all pay levels than any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2013. The highest rate of job growth in Texas occurred in the upper half of the pay scale.
  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Honors Texas Veterans at Vietnam Veterans Monument Dedication
    Gov. Rick Perry today paid tribute to Texas veterans who served or gave their lives in the Vietnam War at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. The ceremony was held on Texas Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.