Governor Perry delivered his State of the State address this week, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient. The governor also outlined his priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, including balancing the budget without raising taxes, preserving essential services, and strengthening Texas' position as a national economic leader through sound policies. Check out the Governor's entire State of the State address below.
Yesterday Governor Perry issued a statement supporting U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the individual mandate required by the federal health care reform bill is unconstitutional.
"Judge Vinson's ruling represents a victory in the ongoing effort to end federal intrusion into the lives of every American through this one-size-fits-all approach to health care reform." says Governor Perry.
According to Governor Perry, "The Texas arts industry plays an important role in generating and sustaining economic success. They contribute to and express our state’s intriguing culture and heritage. They personify and instill the unique pride common to all Texans, and help cultivate a way of life unlike any other place in the nation."
The video below reveals how the arts community continues to encourage economic growth in a variety of Texas towns, including Amarillo.
Visit the full Texas Tribune article to learn more about other Texas cities featured in "The Art of Economic Development".
Last week Governor Perry spoke at the 2011 Texas Rally for Life, where he declared legislation to require a sonogram before a woman elects to have an abortion as an emergency item for the 2011 legislative session.
Follow @GovPerry2010 to learn more about what is happening during session.
Session is officially underway. One of Governor Perry's emergency items got voted through the Senate Wednesday afternoon.
"Texans are required to show an ID in many day to day circumstances like boarding an airplane, withdrawing money from a bank account and driving a car," says Governor Perry. "There is no reason an ID should not be required to vote in the effort to uphold the integrity of our electoral process."
"Fiscal discipline, balanced budgets and the integrity of the ballot box are critical to the people of Texas," Gov. Perry said. "Under this emergency declaration, Texas lawmakers will be able to address these priority issues more quickly."
Governor Perry took the oath of office for his third full term as Texas' 47th governor yesterday. In his inaugural address, the governor celebrated the priorities that have helped make Texas the best state to live, work and raise a family, and committed to strengthening those principles to ensure the Lone Star State's future remains prosperous.
This video takes us back in history when a rancher from Haskell County came to Austin and changed Texas. Thank you for all of your support for the Governor, his family and Texas throughout the years.
On January 18, 2011 at 11 a.m., Governor Rick Perry & Lt. Governor David Dewhurst will be sworn in on the South Steps of the State Capitol. While the swearing-in ceremony is free to the public, a ticketed BBQ Lunch will follow the official ceremony. There will be live music, entertainment and a plate of world-class Texas BBQ.
“Whether you’ve lived in Texas your whole life, just moved here or plan to move here, we invite you to join us for the ceremony and a huge BBQ afterward,” said Weisie Steen, chair of the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee. “This is a historic time for our great state, so plan on attending – and bring the whole family!”
A limited number of tickets are available through www.2011texasinaugural.com for a one-cent processing fee or request forms can be faxed in for free.
On Twitter? Follow @2011txinaugural for updates about the BBQ & evening celebration!
For additional information about Fed Up! book tour stops around Texas and more, visit http://www.FedUpTheBook.com. Check back, and after you've read the book, join the conversation on how we get our country back on track!