Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Designates Eminent Domain, Sanctuary Cities as Emergency Items

Emphasizes commitment to balance state budget without raising taxes
Tuesday, January 11, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today, in separate addresses to the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, announced emergency items for the 82nd Legislative session, which include protecting private property rights/addressing eminent domain issues, and abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas. The governor also reiterated his commitment to balancing the state budget without raising taxes by prioritizing and cutting government spending.

"Texans have sent us all a loud and clear message that they expect us to balance our budget without taking more money from employers and working families," Gov. Perry said. "As we tackle pressing issues, such as strengthening private property rights and abolishing sanctuary cities, Texans also want state government to be leaner and more efficient, and I'm confident Texas leaders will heed that message."

Including eminent domain issues and the ban of sanctuary cities on the list of emergency items allows lawmakers to begin considering these issues during the initial 30 days of the legislative session.

Balancing the budget while strengthening Texas' job-friendly climate - based on low taxes, predictable regulations, a fair legal system and world-class workforce - is a top priority for the governor and vital to the future of the state. In order to ensure state agencies continue to use taxpayer dollars prudently, the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker have already directed state agencies to identify savings of 5 percent in the 2010-2011 biennium, an additional 2.5 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, and 10 percent for the 2012-2013 biennium.

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