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

  • 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.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on July 2014 Texas Jobs Numbers
    "The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July. Every major industry in Texas added jobs meaning the diversity of our workforce is strong with opportunities for employers to hire good workers, and for workers to find jobs enabling them to meet the needs of their families."
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Training for Deployment in Support of Operation Strong Safety
    Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region. The governor, joined by Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, thanked the soldiers and airmen for their commitment and dedication to protecting our state and our nation.
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Launches PSA to Assist Texas Veterans with VA Health Care
    Gov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation's veterans.
  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: TETF Awardee Visualase Acquired by Medtronic
    Medtronic Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) awardee Visualase Inc. The TETF invested $750,000 in Visualase in 2007 for the development and marketing of a range of innovative minimally invasive neurosurgery products.