DPS, Border Patrol to Work Together to Stop Drug, Weapons and Human Trafficking
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the state, working in concert with the U.S. Border Patrol, will begin cracking down on commercial truckers who knowingly smuggle illegal weapons, drugs or humans across the Texas-Mexico border.
Perry directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to work with Border Patrol, in an initiative dubbed Texas Hold ‘Em, to revoke the commercial driver licenses of those convicted of felony smuggling.
“I applaud President Bush and Senator McCain for their call to lift the federal ban on offshore oil exploration to expand domestic production. This is a vital step at a critical moment in our nation’s history that will alleviate the ongoing strain Americans and Texans are enduring from ever increasing gasoline and energy prices.
“It is in our best interests for Congress to allow responsible exploration of our country’s domestic energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I join both the president and senator in petitioning Congress to lift this ban immediately.
AUSTIN– Gov. Rick Perry today honored the spring 2008 University Interscholastic League (UIL) state champions in athletics, academics and music.
“These students represent the remarkable talent of our state and embody the competitive spirit that has made Texas one of the greatest states in the nation,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m proud of these competitors’ accomplishments and their determination to achieve excellence in all they do.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today celebrated the grand opening of Advanced Micro Devices’ Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin. AMD employs close to 2,500 people in the Austin area and relocated its offices to be closer to its employee base. Gov. Perry also presented an Honorary Texan certificate to Craig Garcia, AMD’s director of global corporate services, who oversaw the building project from site selection to design and construction.
“Our state’s status in the global economy is built on the success of companies like AMD,” said Gov. Perry. “As a leading technology company and valuable corporate citizen, AMD demonstrates how a global Fortune 500 company can grow and prosper in our tech-friendly state. AMD’s longevity is testimony to its culture, vision and, most of all, its people.”
Award Lauds State for Excellence in Economic Development
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas has received Area Development magazine’s 2008 Gold Shovel Award for economic development and job creation. Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the state.
“Texas is honored to be recognized with the Gold Shovel Award as a tribute to the hard work of Texas lawmakers and business leaders to build and maintain our strong economy,” said Gov. Perry. “Our state’s reasonable regulatory environment, low tax burden and economic development incentives are powerful tools to attract the businesses and jobs that make our state one of the best places in the nation to live and work. Opening doors of opportunity and success to our citizens has been and always will be a priority in Texas.”