On Wednesday, Governor Perry toured O'Hair Shutters in Lubbock, visiting with employees about the recent decision to reject a portion of the Washington stimulus package that had federal strings attached.
“My focus has been, and continues to be, cultivating an environment that creates more jobs for Texans,” Governor Perry said. “Because Texans prefer a paycheck over an unemployment stipend, I will continue to call on lawmakers to cultivate an economic climate that decreases burdens on employers, encourages investment and creates more jobs for Texans.”
Today, Governor Perry toured parts of the Texas coast by air, surveying the remaining damage from last summer's unprecedented hurricane season and the progress that has been made over the past several months.
To view more photos of Governor Perry's visit to the coast, visit his Flickr page.
What many people either do not know or forget is that 2008 was the worst hurricane season in Texas history, and Hurricane Ike was the second costliest hurricane in American history.
Before touring the coast, the Governor spoke with Mark Davis on his WBAP radio show. Listen below.
Gov. Rick Perry did not regret Wednesday refusing federal help on a projected $447 million shortfall in unemployment funding nor giving businesses back money last year that could have helped with the difference.
Texas best paid for those benefits by raising and lowering those taxes as needed, he repeated after a tour of an O'Hair Shutters manufacturing plant in North Lubbock.
The state could receive $555 million in stimulus-related unemployment assistance if it agrees to make more Texans eligible, something Perry and business groups have rejected. The letter of the law requires the changes to be permanent.
"The critics, for whatever reason, are either ill-informed or really don't care about whether this man has additional pressures on him," Perry said, gesturing to company co-owner Brant O'Hair. "I do."
"We're not on a level playing field, and here comes the federal government, making it even more of an unlevel playing field," O'Hair said.
Today, Governor Perry traveled to Harlingen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley for a job creation announcement with UnitedHealth Group.
The Governor made the announcement to a packed room at the Harlingen City Hall, noting that Texas has been the job growth leader in the country for a reason:
“Businesses like UnitedHealth Group come to the Lone Star State seeking the best possible location to invest and risk their capital, the best available workforce, regulatory systems that protect without stifling innovation, and tax structures that allow folks to keep more of what they earn. We have worked hard to establish these key characteristics of Texas’ business climate, and will continue to protect these job creating elements in the months to come.”
Last week I got to meet Texas Governor Rick Perry (that’s a photo of him pointing to a picture on his office wall). The first thing he told me, after saying “I just Tweeted you” is “when are you going to move to Texas?”
Two years ago I would have laughed because California was definitely the best place to do a technology business. This year, though, it’s a little tougher to laugh at that suggestion.
As @GovernorPerry said on Twitter today, "We are 'Open for Business' in Texas!!"
Yesterday at the Texas Daily Newspaper Association (TDNA), Governor Perry took a moment with reporters to respond to an attack his political opponent had made earlier in the day.
While some reporters felt that Governor Perry's opponent struggled to find her position on the issue of Washington bailout money, Governor Perry delivered an authoritative statement on why he chose to reject federal money with strings attached.