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

  • Friday, June 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Perry on May Jobs Numbers: “Texas Job Machine Firing On All Cylinders”
    By virtually every measure, the Texas job creation machine is firing on all cylinders. Texas has added nearly 400,000 jobs in the past 12 months, making this the largest year-to-year job increase in nearly 17 years. Texas continues to be the epicenter of job creation in America and today's numbers are further proof that if you want a job, or your company needs employees, Texas is the best place in America to find both.
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: ZS Pharma Launches Successful IPO
    Another Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) grant awardee, ZS Pharma, has launched a successful initial public offering (IPO). ZS Pharma raised nearly $107 million on the NASDAQ capital market from its IPO yesterday.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Texas Moving Forward on Assisting Veterans
    The people who answer the call of our nation's military are a rare breed...people driven by devotion to their community and love of their country. They don't swear the oath for personal enrichment or individual glory. They're not looking for special treatment.
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 • Ft. Hood, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Mental Health Facility at Ft. Hood
    Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas' efforts to support veterans at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Center, which will serve Ft. Hood soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The governor also proposed a partnership between Texas health care providers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow veterans to use their federal benefits at facilities outside the VA system.
  • 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.