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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Authorizes Additional Disaster Recovery Funds for City of West
    Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West's request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor’s Office Accepting Nominations for Star of Texas Awards
    Gov. Rick Perry’s office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Nominations for this year's awards must be submitted to the Governor's Office by June 15, 2014, with the awards ceremony taking place in September.
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: Governors Perry, Scott and Jindal Urge President Obama to Strengthen Medicare Advantage
    Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program. The program, which offers an alternative health insurance plan provided by a private company to Medicare recipients, has proven as effective as traditional Medicare in reducing hospital readmissions, improving care coordination and overall health outcomes.
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Texas Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
    The state of Texas has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
  • Wednesday, April 09, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Five to STAR + PLUS Nursing Facility Advisory Committee
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the STAR + PLUS Facility Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on the implementation of the transfer of nursing facility services to the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care model.
  • Monday, April 07, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Names Browne and Addington to Senior Staff
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced that he has named Felix Browne director of communications and Hugh Addington director of scheduling and advance. Browne takes over for outgoing communications director Mark Miner, who will continue to advise the governor from the private sector. Addington replaces Karen Kolb Steakley, who is returning to the Governor’s Legislative Division.
  • Friday, April 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Emerging Technology Fund Award to Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. TAMU is working with the Texas Tech University National Wind Resource Center, a national leader in the wind energy industry, as well as the University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, TAMU-Corpus Christi Conrad Blucher Institute and University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business and Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Rugg as Judge of 58th Judicial District
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Tom Rugg Sr. of Beaumont as judge of the 58th Judicial District for a term to expire at the next general election.
  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 • Katy, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Remarks at GEICO Ribbon-Cutting
    When you boil it right down, what people want most in the world is a chance at prosperity. They want a good job, an ability to take care of their families and the potential to do more with their lives. For every company like GEICO that chooses to expand, or relocate, in our state, that means more Texans getting the opportunities they need to achieve their goals.
  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Ft. Hood Shooting
    Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Lubbock, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Recognized by NADCP for Successful Specialty Court Program in Texas
    The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) today honored Gov. Rick Perry with its Governor of the Year Award for his longtime support of specialty court programs. These programs have helped rehabilitate drug users, reduce recidivism and drive down crime rates in Texas to historic lows.
  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Lubbock, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Remarks to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
    Over the years, the NADCP has made it their mission to help people successfully fight their drug addictions, and to keep them out of jail, without compromising the values that make us great.
  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Governor to Join BentProp Project to Search for Fallen Soldiers
    Gov. Rick Perry will join the BentProp Project in the Republic of Palau, where he will help search for American servicemen who went missing in action (MIA) during air battles over the island nation during World War II. The governor and first lady will travel to Koror, Palau from April 5 – April 17. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys’ travel and accommodations on this trip.
  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    ICYMI: Dallas Fed Report Finds Texas Leads in Job Creation at All Pay Levels
    A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted that Texas experienced more job growth at all pay levels than any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2013. The highest rate of job growth in Texas occurred in the upper half of the pay scale.
  • Monday, March 31, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Statement on the Passing of Ray Hutchison
    This weekend, we lost an extraordinary Texan in Ray Hutchison. From his commitment to developing the North Dallas community, to his service in the U.S. Navy and Texas Legislature, to his instrumental role in the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come. Ray was a true public servant, a devoted husband and a loving father.
  • Sunday, March 30, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Remarks at Vietnam Veterans Monument Dedication Ceremony
    Texas has always enjoyed a special bond with our military heritage. We've always been proud of our sons and daughters who bravely step forward when the nation calls. However, the veterans of Vietnam through no fault of their own found themselves stuck between the call of duty and the turmoil of a lost decade.
  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Honors Texas Veterans at Vietnam Veterans Monument Dedication
    Gov. Rick Perry today paid tribute to Texas veterans who served or gave their lives in the Vietnam War at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. The ceremony was held on Texas Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on HHS Secretary Sebelius Visit to Texas
    Yet again, the Obama Administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failure. The truth is, the more people learn about Obamacare, the less they like it, and the most egregious examples of misinformation have come directly from the president himself, with false promises that people could keep their existing plans and they could continue going to their own doctor. Texas is not the reason Obamacare is failing; it’s failing because it’s simply bad policy.
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Forensic Science Commission
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Forensic Science Commission. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas.
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on February 2014 Texas Job Growth
    Job growth of this magnitude is about much more than just attractive statistics on a printed page; it means more choices and better options for Texas jobseekers, stronger families and communities, and brighter futures for our children. The commitment we made more than a decade ago to practicing fiscal responsibility and enacting job-friendly policies continues to pay huge dividends, helping keep Texas the best place in the nation to live, work, build a business or raise a family.

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