Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Quality of Life

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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

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: Gov. Perry Hails Texas As Haven of Personal Freedom in California Opinion Column
    In an opinion piece in today's Orange County Register, Gov. Rick Perry touts Texas as a haven for both personal and economic freedom, urging states seeking growth to adopt Texas' successful formula of low taxes, predictable regulations and fair courts.
  • Friday, June 06, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Governor Perry on D-Day Anniversary
    "Seven decades ago today, a selfless group of our bravest warriors emerged from the choppy waters of the English Channel to lead a mission of liberation across the blood-stained beaches of Normandy and into occupied France. With them they carried the hope of free nations held hostage by the greatest force for evil the world had ever seen."
  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: Texas Tops Fortune 1000 List
    Texas is home to 103 Fortune 1000 companies - more than any other state - in addition to 52 Fortune 500 companies, according to Fortune Magazine's 2014 rankings.
  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Helps Launch Statewide Ad Campaign Against Human Trafficking
    Gov. Rick Perry today helped launch a statewide advertising campaign to combat human trafficking in Texas. The campaign will consist of public service billboards in 15 Texas cities, public service announcements on radio and television, advertisements on Yellow Cabs and posters.
  • 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.