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

  • Monday, September 08, 2014 • Tokyo, Japan • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Promotes Stronger Economic Ties between Texas and Japan
    Gov. Perry is in Tokyo promoting stronger economic ties between Texas and Japan. Japan is already one of Texas' largest trading partners and Gov. Perry told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan today there is room for that partnership to grow.
  • Friday, September 05, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry to Lead Economic Development Delegation in Asia
    Gov. Rick Perry departs tomorrow for a one week economic development trip to Japan and China. While in Asia, the governor will work to expand economic opportunities for Texas starting with a speech on Monday to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He will then lead an economic development delegation of state and business leaders to Beijing, and on Friday take part in a panel discussion on global economic issues at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China.
  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Presents Star of Texas Awards to Texas First Responders
    Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: Editorial Hails Texas as “Real Model For Economic Opportunity”
    Investors.com this week praised Texas as a real model for economic opportunity, saying "few states provide an economic environment that allows everyone an opportunity to succeed as does Texas."
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 • Midland, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Occidental Petroleum Complex in Midland
    Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum's Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental's oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.