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Statement by Gov. Perry on Death of Ariel Sharon

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

“Ariel Sharon was a proud and strong defender of the nation of Israel, an uncompromising patriot who faced down the multiple enemies surrounding his young country with selfless determination and unflinching courage. We stand with the Israeli people as they mourn his passing. Anita joins me in sending our prayers and sympathies to Sharon’s friends and family, as well as everyone ever inspired by his courageous example of love of country.”

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Gov. Perry Touts Progress in Texas Transportation

SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today touted the important strides Texas has made in bolstering transportation infrastructure in the state since 2001. The governor spoke at the Ninth Annual Texas Transportation Forum, where the Texas Transportation Commission announced the creation of the Governor Rick Perry Leadership in Transportation Award. Beginning next year, the award will be presented annually to recognize leaders who have shown a commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure in Texas.

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Governor Perry's Statement on Death of Harold Simmons

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding the death of Harold Simmons:

“Harold Simmons was a true Texas giant, rising from humble beginnings and seizing the limitless opportunity for success we so deeply cherish in our great state. His legacy of hard work and giving, particularly to his beloved University of Texas, will live on for generations. Anita and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Simmons family.”

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Dallas Federal Reserce President Richard W. Fisher: State of the Texas Economy: An Annual Update

Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher does a terrific job in this speech talking about the strong economy that Gov. Rick Perry put in place. From creating jobs to fostering growth in many sectors, Fisher underscores that Governor Perry's policies deserve credit for the ongoing strength of the Texas economy.

(With Reference to Gen. Sheridan and John Steinbeck)
Remarks before the Dallas Breakfast Group
Dallas, Texas · December 19, 2013

Thank you, Margaret [Keliher].

Today I am going to talk about one subject only: the Texas economy. As you know, just yesterday I was in Washington for the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). At the end of the meeting, a statement was issued as to what that committee consisting of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents and six members of the Fed’s Board of Governors decided regarding the course of monetary policy; Chairman Bernanke followed with a press conference. In keeping with our tradition, this morning I will refrain from commenting on the decisions made. We are under a self-imposed “communication blackout” regarding our views about macroeconomic developments or monetary policy issues until after midnight tonight. So if you wish, call me at home at 12:01 tomorrow morning and … incur the eternal wrath of my wife, Nancy!

Some of you have undoubtedly heard Gen. Philip Sheridan’s notable expression, “If I owned Texas and hell, I would rent out Texas and live in hell.” Although he reportedly recanted his statement, even a man as renowned for his cruelty as Gen. Sheridan would certainly have changed his opinion if he were around today. It wouldn’t have taken him long after crossing the river Styx to realize that rather than renting out Texas he would have been better off purchasing every bit of it. His return on investment would have been astronomical. My hunch is that Sheridan would want to live in Texas with you and me and would seek to rent out hell—perhaps to the U.S. Congress, though it would have to be free of charge given their fiscal predicament!

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Governor Perry: Texas Epicenter for Job Creation

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the November labor market statistics:

"What all these great unemployment statistics really add up to, our lowest unemployment rate in nearly five years, a declining unemployment rate for four consecutive months and more than a quarter-million jobs added since this time last year, is that Texas is creating jobs and opportunity. Whether it's the steadily dropping unemployment rate or recent estimates that Texas will have billions left on hand at the end of the current biennium, the news continues to demonstrate that the Texas way of low taxes and individual freedom works. We've been the national epicenter for all kinds of job creation for over a decade, and all indications are that won't change anytime soon."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry orders law enforcement surge along border

Amanda Sakuma
If the feds aren’t sending more boots on the ground to police the U.S. border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is ready to send some of his own.

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Texas touts 'surge' at Mexican border to confront illegal immigration

(CNN) -- Texas authorities toughened their security to thwart illegal immigration along the Mexican border, an operation they call a "surge."

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Texas officials announce border security surge to stem immigrant tide

Los Angeles Times
Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials have authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin emergency “surge operations” along the border with Mexico in response to an influx of immigrants making the illegal crossing, mostly women and children from Central America.

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Texas leaders call for state law enforcement to secure the border

Austin American-Statesman
The state’s top leaders called Wednesday for intensified border security operations by Texas law enforcement personnel at a cost of $1.3 million a week to “combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state.”

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Texas Leaders Announce New Border Security Plan

Jack Fink
DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Texas’ top three leaders, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Department of Public Safety to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Appeals Court Lifting HB 2 Injunction

October 31, 2013
“Today's decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas. We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state.”

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Abortion Law Ruling

October 28, 2013
"Today's decision will not stop our ongoing efforts to protect life and ensure the women of our state aren't exposed to any more of the abortion-mill horror stories that have made headlines recently. We will continue fighting to implement the laws passed by the duly-elected officials of our state, laws that reflect the will and values of Texans."

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Gov. Perry Speaks at WATEC Israel 2013

October 22, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today addressed the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) Israel 2013, a leading event for the water industry that brings together international business and government leaders to discuss water solutions and showcase technological advancements. Texas and Israel face similar challenges with meeting the water needs of a continually growing population and economy.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Possible Federal Government Shutdown

September 30, 2013
“House Republicans offered a compromise solution that would temporarily address Republican concerns about Obamacare while also allowing the federal government to continue to operate. But the Obama administration’s and Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway mentality jeopardizes essential functions of not only the federal government but also state services. Democrat leadership in Congress has refused to negotiate, and in so doing is jeopardizing thousands of employees, critical services, and economic recovery.

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Governor Perry Presents Star of Texas Awards

September 12, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Star of Texas Awards to honor the peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders and citizens who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty or while assisting a first responder.

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