Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Technical Skills Expand Opportunities for Texas’ Workforce

Outlines budget, education and infrastructure priorities for the 83rd Legislature
Wednesday, January 30, 2013  •  Dallas, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry visited the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the State of the State and his priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, particularly his proposals for ensuring Texas has a skilled and capable workforce.

"The initiatives I have proposed will help remove the roadblocks between candidates who are already qualified and jobs that need to be filled, targeting the needs of specific groups, such as veterans, displaced workers and career-focused high school graduates, to maximize their job preparedness training," Gov. Perry said. "Many of these candidates already have specialized training and valuable real-world experience, but lack certification. Competency-based learning awards credit for those skills and experiences, dramatically cutting the time needed to earn certification and minimizing the cost."

Reiterating his belief that money does better in the hands of the taxpayers, the governor highlighted his commitment to reducing the tax burden on Texans by urging lawmakers to pass at least $1.8 billion in tax relief, and a constitutional amendment allowing the state to give money directly back to the tax payers.

He also addressed Texas' extraordinary population and economic growth, and the infrastructure challenges that must be addressed to ensure the state remains on an upward trajectory in the future. The governor has called for the use of $3.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for a one-time investment in water and transportation infrastructure programs. In addition, he called on the Legislature to once and for all end diversions from the State Highway Fund, which would free up an additional 1.3 billion of ongoing biennial funding for transportation.

The governor also emphasized the elements of the Texas Budget Compact, such as truing up the budget and moving away from budget gimmicks; implementing a stronger constitutional limit on spending that does exceed the combined rate of inflation and population growth; scrubbing the budget for any waste and redundancies; ending the practice of using dedicated funds and specific fees for anything other than the purpose for which they were intended; and maintaining a strong Rainy Day Fund that includes not tapping the fund to meet ongoing expenses.

View the Governor's Full Remarks to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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