Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Quality of Life

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Bragging Rights: What Others Are Saying


April 18, 2011 - Illinois State Senator Roger Keats - On moving to Texas from Illinois


January 15, 2010 - Bill Bennett - Host, Morning in America


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

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Tort Reform Means More Doctors for Texans
    Texas faced a major turning point in 2003, one that could have seriously jeopardized the economic successes our state has enjoyed over the past decade. The skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance - driven ever higher by the mounting costs of litigation and staggering awards in non-economic damages sought by unscrupulous lawyers - was driving many doctors out of business, or causing them to flee to less litigious places.
  • Friday, May 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces TETF Investment in Innovative Wound Healing Technology
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2 million to Alafair Biosciences Inc. for the commercialization of its internal wound healing devices. Alafair has licensed and developed the patented technology with the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Education Key To Continued Texas Prosperity
    State of Texas Education
    Texas has created a business climate unrivaled in the nation. We have low taxes, fair courts, reasonable and predictable regulations and a commitment to practicing the kind of fiscal conservatism that leaves money on the table at the end of the biennium.
  • 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.