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

  • Thursday, June 22, 2006 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Releases $19.5 million for Hurricane Recovery Public Safety Efforts
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the release of $19.5 million to the City of Houston and Harris County to support public safety efforts in response to the residual impact of Hurricane Katrina. These federal grant funds are part of a Congressional earmark to support hurricane recovery efforts in Texas. The grants are awarded under the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2006 • Speech
    Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine at TAMU Groundbreaking
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2006 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Breaks Ground for Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine
    COLLEGE STATION – Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground for the Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine at Texas A&M University (TIGM), which will make Texas an international focal point for research and job growth in life sciences. TIGM is a collaboration of the state, Texas A&M University System and Lexicon Genetics, a world leader in genome mapping. In July 2005, Perry announced a $50 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant to establish the institute.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2006 • Speech
    Marine Corps League
  • Tuesday, June 06, 2006 • Press Release
    Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Dr. Eduardo Sanchez
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement about Eduardo Sanchez’s decision to depart his post as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services: