AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today named Kenneth Magidson of Houston as the Harris County district attorney to serve until the end of December 2008. Since 1983, Magidson has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Texas.
"As a highly respected and accomplished assistant United States attorney, Ken has the experience and leadership skills to lead the Harris County District Attorney’s Office over the next nine months," said Gov. Perry. "After more than 20 years of prosecuting drug traffickers and money launderers at the federal level, and serving as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, his experience will ensure justice is dealt to those who threaten the safety and livelihood of Harris County residents."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today allocated more than $2 million to 22 local law enforcement agencies to support local crime prevention initiatives and provide updated enforcement technology and communications equipment. These grants are awarded through the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"Texas is tough on crime and remains dedicated to equipping our law enforcement with the resources necessary to protect our citizens and ensure the safety of our communities," said Gov. Perry.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that an estimated 370,000 Texas businesses will be getting a tax cut of $90 million, thanks to the state’s strong economy and low unemployment.
"I believe in truth-in-budgeting: when government levies a tax and collects more money than is needed, we must either stop collecting the tax, return the money or both," said Gov. Perry. "Thanks to our healthy economy and low unemployment rate last year, the state collected more money for the unemployment trust fund than we need, which is why I’m directing the state to bring that tax to a screeching halt for this year."
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today awarded more than $689,000 to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas for the distribution of Child Identification Kits to all incoming kindergarten students in Texas public schools. These I.D. kits will allow parents and guardians to record their children’s physical characteristics and fingerprints on identification cards that can be filed at home and quickly given to authorities in the event their child goes missing. This grant is awarded under the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
"Texans must take every precaution, even prepare for worst-case scenarios, to keep our children safe," said Gov. Perry. "Whether a child is lost or abducted, these Child I.D. cards will save valuable time in the search and rescue process, and help reunite families whose situation could have been much worse without the cards."