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Today Governor Perry signed the Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge, promoting the sound fiscal policies that have Texas leading the nation.
The pledge includes:
"...Cut — Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
Cap — Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
Balance — Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses."
Gov. Perry is currently one of only four governors to sign the pledge. Read more about the pledge at CutCapBalancePledge.com
For four years, the Republican Governors Association has methodically built toward establishing a majority of governors — on the promise that executives at the state level would transform the nation.
One hundred days ago this week, the last of the Republican Party’s new majority of 29 governors was sworn in. Now the nation can see the tremendous impact made possible by a group of governors committed to sweeping reforms in every facet of government. Over this short time, new GOP governors have redefined the nation’s politics by hitting the reset button in their states — promoting fiscally responsible policies to lead the way back to national prominence.
Seventy-seven of the nation's 100 biggest markets — with Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth leading the way — added jobs in March, according to a report issued Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When a group of legislators proposed a trip to the state capitol of Texas to see what they do right that California does wrong, I first thought "I don't need to go because I'm a business owner and I know why businesses are leaving California -- we're over-regulated, we're taxed too much, and there's a constant war being waged against business and job creators."
But I decided to go -- at my own expense -- and in those three days, I heard first-hand testimony from political and business leaders in Texas and came away with great respect for their political leadership , something sorely missing here but something I hope to restore.
When our company recently expanded the number of its restaurants in Texas, I was startled to receive a call from Gov. Rick Perry thanking me for our decision.
In the 10 years I've been CEO of CKE Restaurants, no governor had ever made such a gesture. Perry went further during our conversation and asked what it would take to move our headquarters from California to Texas.
It wasn't your usual legislative hearing. A group of largely Republican California lawmakers and Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled here last week to hear from businesses that have left their state to set up shop in Texas.
"We came to learn why they would pick up their roots and move in order to grow their businesses," says GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue, who organized the trip. "Why does Chief Executive magazine rate California the worst state for job and business growth and Texas the best state?"
The contrast is undeniable. Texas has added 165,000 jobs during the last three years while California has lost 1.2 million. California's jobless rate is 12% compared to 8% in Texas.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association PAC, for the general election.
“Gov. Rick Perry has been an unwavering advocate for rural Texas since his tenure as our state’s Agriculture Commissioner and Lt. Governor,” said Matt Fitch, president of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association. “Gov. Perry understands and supports the role our industry plays in producing the food we eat, and has consistently supported our efforts to ensure the safety of consumers as well as pilots who fly spray planes. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election.”
The Texas Agricultural Aviation Association is the state’s leading trade association for pilots and operators of agricultural aircraft operations. Their mission is to coordinate and generally direct the efforts of agricultural aviation operators and pilots who are actively interested in the advancement of the industry.
The objectives of this association are social and cooperative; to strengthen acquaintance within the agricultural aviation industry; to disseminate among its members technical knowledge relevant to the ethical standards of business that will further the recognition of the worthiness of agricultural aviation; to cooperate and advise with any and all agencies genuinely interested in the betterment of the agricultural aviation industry and in our national defense.
“I am very proud of the work the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association has achieved to keep our agriculture industry thriving,” said Gov. Perry. “The agriculture industry is a fundamental component of Texas’ heritage and economy. I remain committed to ensuring that the people in this industry have the necessary tools to provide Texas families the food and goods they depend upon every day.”
SAN ANTONIO –Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of former San Antonio mayor Ed Garza at a grassroots event in San Antonio.
"Gov. Perry has upheld his proven track record in bringing Texas to the forefront of the global economy, having helped provide the people of this city and state the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper,” said former mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza. “His leadership and conservative principles are what cities need to grow economically and remain competitive in today’s market. These values are to be emulated as they foster an environment that welcomes jobs and success. I cannot think of a better governor for Texas and it brings me great joy to endorse Gov. Perry in this year’s general election.”
Ed Garza served eight years as an elected public official. In 2001 at the age of 32, Garza became San Antonio’s youngest mayor in modern times. He served two terms and prior to that served two terms as a City Council representative. Garza was elected in an unprecedented fashion by garnering a cross-section of political, geographic and socio-economic support; based on his platform of sustainable economic growth, modernization of the city’s governance structure and balance growth for the city’s under-invested southern sector. His efforts helped bring Toyota to invest more than $1 billion in San Antonio’s economy and create more than 5,000 jobs in a new manufacturing facility in south San Antonio. Mayor Garza has been featured in Texas Monthly, Urban Land Magazine, and CNN and listed in Hispanic Business magazine as a “most influential” Hispanic leader.
“It is a great honor to receive Mayor Garza’s support in this year’s general election,” said Gov. Perry. "Mayor Garza has made a remarkable and lasting impact on the city of San Antonio. His vision of improving and expanding education and economic development has allowed San Antonio to flourish. Partnering with the state, Mayor Garza was instrumental in helping bring Toyota’s manufacturing facility to the city’s south side, an addition of more than 5,000 high paying jobs.”
With the addition of the new Texas A&M University campus, Gov. Perry has proposed the implementation of several education initiatives. Among them, a four year tuition freeze for universities, locking in the tuition a student pays as an incoming freshman for the next four years and the expansion of the Virtual School Network so that students who do not attend a brick and mortar high school can receive dual credit opportunities and graduate.
FORT WORTH – Today Gov. Perry received both the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and the Dallas Police Association (DPA) for the 2010 general election.
“It is a true honor to receive the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association," said Gov. Perry. “Because of these brave men and women, people come to Texas knowing it’s a place where they can find a job, raise their families, and enjoy an outstanding quality of life. The safety that the officers of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association provide is crucial in keeping our communities safe and plays an essential role in our continued status as a national economic leader."
In his remarks, Gov. Perry reiterated that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Thanks to Gov. Perry’s steadfast support, Texas law enforcement officers and their families’ quality of life has improved,” said Todd Harrison, President of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. “Gov. Perry’s true commitment to law enforcement and conservative leadership has been solidified by his unwavering dedication to make sure we have the resources we need to continue protecting the lives of families across the state. Our organization believes the governor has earned our endorsement and deserves our ongoing support.”
CLEAT represents more than 17,500 local law enforcement officers in more than 80 local law enforcement associations. Its mission is to ensure that their brave men and women receive the rights, protections and respect they deserve for their role in enforcing the laws of Texas and protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
“Gov. Perry has been a tremendous help to the Dallas Police Association,” said Glenn White, President of the Dallas Police Association. “Throughout his tenure the governor has upheld his record of support of our police officers to the highest extent, which has been instrumental in allowing us to do our duty as law enforcement officers, effectively, and protect our citizens’ lives soundly. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for the 2010 general election.”
The Dallas Police Association is the original and the largest police employee group for Dallas Police Officers. The DPA has over 4,000 active and retired members and is open to any sworn member of the Dallas Police Department.
Gov. Perry Will Make Abolition of Sanctuary Cities an Emergency Item in Upcoming Legislative Session
HOUSTON – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union for the 2010 general election. He also announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary cities an emergency item in the upcoming legislative session.
“It is a distinct honor to receive the endorsement of the courageous men and women of the Houston Police Officers’ Union because they exemplify the values of personal sacrifice, integrity and public service that have made our state so great,” said Gov. Perry. “I will not waver in my commitment to protecting our citizens and supporting our state’s courageous police officers with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
In his remarks, Gov. Perry assured that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment, honed by years of training and experience, as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Gov. Perry appreciates and supports the sacrifices our men and women make on a daily basis,” said Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC Chairman, Ray Hunt. “He has effectively championed our efforts to ensure that Texans have safe and secure neighborhoods. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry and look forward to working closely with him for another four years.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee (SURPAC) for the general election.
“Gov. Perry’s efforts have enabled the surveying community to better serve the public by attaining high technical and ethical surveying standards,” said Bob Seipel, SURPAC Committee Chair. “We are pleased to continue working with Gov. Perry to help map out the future of Texas.”
The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, with a membership of more than 2,000 registered surveyors, surveyors-in-training, students and associates, seeks to educate and inform the public of the integral role of surveyors in our society.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee,” said Gov. Perry. “I will continue to make sure they have the tools they need to continue attracting new residents and businesses. The Texas surveyors community plays an integral role in keeping Texas strong.”