Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Editorials

  • Sunday, March 09, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Texas is Home to A Vibrant Creative Culture
    Some people like to say this is the time of year when creative folks converge on Texas. I say, they’re here all the time. Granted, the numbers increase a bit for SXSW, Austin’s annual technology, film and music conference. But historically, Texas has always been home to people with innovative spirits and unique talents.
  • Monday, February 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Talking Texas In Switzerland
    Today, no discussion of the world’s economy or economic future is truly complete without including the State of Texas. That’s a point I made last week as I met with global leaders in business and government at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. If I made nothing else clear, it’s that Texas has emerged as a critical figure on the world stage.
  • Tuesday, November 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Bringing Texas Closer to the Rest of The World
    The link between Israel and Texas is as strong as ever, and I was honored to be in the Holy Land recently to witness critical new milestones in the deepening of our relationship.
  • Monday, May 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    About Those Jobs, President Obama...
    Like many families and employers, President Obama has heard about the Texas success story, where we free job creators to grow their businesses and give families and hardworking taxpayers unlimited opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money and a live a better life.
  • Friday, March 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Medicaid Expansion a Bad Idea
    Of all the bad ideas related to Obamacare, depending upon Medicaid to do the heavy lifting to 'insure' Americans is about the worst of the bunch.
  • Friday, November 23, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Saying No to a Really Bad Idea
    It’s really far past time for us to call Obamacare what it truly is: an unprecedented government overreach into every American's life, forcing higher costs onto individuals, practitioners, employers and state governments in lieu of actually fixing our healthcare system.
  • Thursday, November 01, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Adult Stem Cells Can Revolutionize Medicine, The World
    Growing replacement organs. Spinal regeneration. Repairing cardiac tissue in the aftermath of a heart attack. These ideas have belonged to the realm of science fiction for generations, but all are now realistic goals, thanks to groundbreaking research in the field of adult stem cells.
  • Monday, October 08, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Higher Ed Must Be Accessible For All Texans
    As interest in pursuing a college degree is increasing, state officials have to do everything we can to remove the roadblocks and enable students to pursue their dreams. That's why I'm calling for a four-year tuition freeze for incoming freshmen, so that the amount students pay when they first arrive on campus will be locked in through what should be their senior year. Not only will this help students and their families predict and plan for the cost of their college careers, it will also provide a powerful incentive to complete degrees on time.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    We Need Real Reform, Not More Medicaid
    Expecting to extend quality health care access to millions of Americans by pressing them into the existing Medicaid system is a little like expecting to win the Indy 500 in a 1965 Chevy Corvair. It's just not the right tool for the job. A fundamental flaw in the Obama Administration's government health care plan is that Medicaid is already on the brink of failure. Dumping millions more individuals into the Medicaid mix will not save it, will not cut any costs, and will not improve overall access to quality care.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Expanding a Broken System is No Solution for Health Care
    In Texas, Medicaid already accounts for more than 20 percent of our general revenue spending, with that number threatening to skyrocket further in the next budgetary cycle. The president's plan promises to pay the state share of expansion for a few years. However, that "federal" money is still taxpayer financed, whether it's collected or borrowed. That flow of money will, necessarily, come to an end, and states will be left with a massive bill that can't even be estimated yet.
  • Monday, July 02, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Tort Reform Has Done The Job It Was Designed To Do
    In 2003, Texas was facing a very real crisis, one that we met with a very specific solution. The crisis involved a dramatic drop in the number of doctors practicing medicine in our state, as we fell all the way to 44th overall in a national ranking of physicians per capita. The prime culprit behind this crisis was skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates that reflected Texas' then-status as a lawsuit haven. To remedy this, we took the bold step of instituting tort reforms to limit lawsuit abuse and bring malpractice insurance rates down to a manageable level.
  • Thursday, June 28, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Washington Has Given Up Border, Is Now Taking On States
    Instead of sending much-needed help to border states, the federal government is sending lawyers. Instead of boots on the ground, they're delivering subpoenas. The Supreme Court's recent ruling on Arizona v. United States may mark the point when our nation truly went through the looking glass in terms of border policy. The federal government, long unwilling to adequately secure the border, has now become actively contentious in its efforts to prevent states from taking steps to secure it themselves.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    On DPS Security Records, the Media Stand Alone
    As a long-time Austin attorney who is currently serving as chief of staff for the Texas governor's office, I have long been a great admirer of both Travis County District Judge Scott Jenkins and Texas Governor Rick Perry, because both are men of integrity who have dedicated themselves to doing what they believe is right, within the roles to which the people of Texas have elected them. Yet in their public roles, that could be the only thing they have in common, as they are members of opposing political parties and hold contrasting personal views on many important policy issues. That's why it was somewhat surprising to see the editorial board of the San Antonio Express-News essentially accuse the two of working together on an issue of importance to the people of Texas. But even more than surprising, the editorial (see “Court ruling is a blow to transparency,” Express-News 5/20/12) was revealing, as it provided a perfect example of the desperate and self-serving mindset of most of today's major media outlets.
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