Discussing health-care reform, innovation and America's energy future from Davos, Switzerland, with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. For the world to continue to grow, Saudi Arabia needs to be a major player, Perry says.
As you may know, Sean Hannity, the host of The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News, says he wants to leave his native New York because of high income taxes and the state becoming intolerant to conservatives. So, we're mounting a Twitter campaign to get Hannity to move to Texas. Use the Tweet below as a starting point to tell Hannity why he should move to Texas!
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced athenahealth Inc. is expanding its Austin operations, creating 607 jobs and a projected capital investment of more than $13 million. The state is providing $5 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:
“Ariel Sharon was a proud and strong defender of the nation of Israel, an uncompromising patriot who faced down the multiple enemies surrounding his young country with selfless determination and unflinching courage. We stand with the Israeli people as they mourn his passing. Anita joins me in sending our prayers and sympathies to Sharon’s friends and family, as well as everyone ever inspired by his courageous example of love of country.”
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today touted the important strides Texas has made in bolstering transportation infrastructure in the state since 2001. The governor spoke at the Ninth Annual Texas Transportation Forum, where the Texas Transportation Commission announced the creation of the Governor Rick Perry Leadership in Transportation Award. Beginning next year, the award will be presented annually to recognize leaders who have shown a commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure in Texas.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding the death of Harold Simmons:
“Harold Simmons was a true Texas giant, rising from humble beginnings and seizing the limitless opportunity for success we so deeply cherish in our great state. His legacy of hard work and giving, particularly to his beloved University of Texas, will live on for generations. Anita and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Simmons family.”
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher does a terrific job in this speech talking about the strong economy that Gov. Rick Perry put in place. From creating jobs to fostering growth in many sectors, Fisher underscores that Governor Perry's policies deserve credit for the ongoing strength of the Texas economy.
(With Reference to Gen. Sheridan and John Steinbeck)
Remarks before the Dallas Breakfast Group
Dallas, Texas · December 19, 2013
Thank you, Margaret [Keliher].
Today I am going to talk about one subject only: the Texas economy. As you know, just yesterday I was in Washington for the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). At the end of the meeting, a statement was issued as to what that committee consisting of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents and six members of the Fed’s Board of Governors decided regarding the course of monetary policy; Chairman Bernanke followed with a press conference. In keeping with our tradition, this morning I will refrain from commenting on the decisions made. We are under a self-imposed “communication blackout” regarding our views about macroeconomic developments or monetary policy issues until after midnight tonight. So if you wish, call me at home at 12:01 tomorrow morning and … incur the eternal wrath of my wife, Nancy!
Some of you have undoubtedly heard Gen. Philip Sheridan’s notable expression, “If I owned Texas and hell, I would rent out Texas and live in hell.” Although he reportedly recanted his statement, even a man as renowned for his cruelty as Gen. Sheridan would certainly have changed his opinion if he were around today. It wouldn’t have taken him long after crossing the river Styx to realize that rather than renting out Texas he would have been better off purchasing every bit of it. His return on investment would have been astronomical. My hunch is that Sheridan would want to live in Texas with you and me and would seek to rent out hell—perhaps to the U.S. Congress, though it would have to be free of charge given their fiscal predicament!
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the November labor market statistics:
"What all these great unemployment statistics really add up to, our lowest unemployment rate in nearly five years, a declining unemployment rate for four consecutive months and more than a quarter-million jobs added since this time last year, is that Texas is creating jobs and opportunity. Whether it's the steadily dropping unemployment rate or recent estimates that Texas will have billions left on hand at the end of the current biennium, the news continues to demonstrate that the Texas way of low taxes and individual freedom works. We've been the national epicenter for all kinds of job creation for over a decade, and all indications are that won't change anytime soon."
While the national economy is still struggling to recover, employers in Texas still have a strong, positive environment for creating jobs. Under Governor Perry’s leadership Texas has maintained a business-friendly climate of no income tax, low taxes, smart and fair regulations, and tort reform legislation to establish fair courts.
Looking at these just released numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission provides some strong evidence. In October, Texas’ private sector recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent, and Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent in September and 6.5 percent in July. Texas’ unemployment remains well below the national October unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.
Adding 267,400 jobs this year alone, Texas was home to an estimated 11,232,700 nonfarm jobs. Texas added an estimated 7,400 positions in October following an increase of 36,400 jobs in September, a total of 43,800 jobs added over the last two months.
The Texas economy continues to move forward, with every major industry showing positive growth over the last year. Texas' future continues to look bright.