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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 Adds 43,800 Jobs Over Last Two Months

While the national economy is still struggling to recover, employers in Texas still have a strong, positive environment for creating jobs. Under Governor Perry’s leadership Texas has maintained a business-friendly climate of no income tax, low taxes, smart and fair regulations, and tort reform legislation to establish fair courts.

Looking at these just released numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission provides some strong evidence. In October, Texas’ private sector recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent, and Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent in September and 6.5 percent in July. Texas’ unemployment remains well below the national October unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

Adding 267,400 jobs this year alone, Texas was home to an estimated 11,232,700 nonfarm jobs. Texas added an estimated 7,400 positions in October following an increase of 36,400 jobs in September, a total of 43,800 jobs added over the last two months.

The Texas economy continues to move forward, with every major industry showing positive growth over the last year. Texas' future continues to look bright.

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The shale revolution: Texas’ export turnaround spreads to rest of U.S.

January 20, 2014

Dallas Morning News

Mitchell Schnurman

Rising exports are lifting the U.S. economy, and the feeling should be familiar. Texas has been riding an export wave for a decade.

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Why Texas Is Growing (and Illinois Isn’t)

January 17, 2014

National Review Online

Michael Barone

The Census Bureau’s holiday treat is its release of annual state-population estimates, to be digested slowly in the new year.

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Gov. Rick Perry to speak at World Economic Forum in Switzerland

January 17, 2014

Austin American Statesman

Jonathan Tilove

Gov. Rick Perry is heading to the Swiss Alps next week to participate for the first time in the World Economic Forum in Davos, joining a very select group of 2,500 invitees from nearly 100 counties, including over 40 heads of state or government.

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Texas Lures Companies from California

January 14, 2014

Turning Point USA

Matt Appleman

In February 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry launched a radio campaign blitz in California intended to lure businesses big and small to relocate to Texas. These thirty second advertisements emphasized “zero income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations and fair tax system.”

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Texas businesses set to save after margins tax adjustment

January 13, 2014

Austin Business Journal

Greg Barr

Some 26,000 businesses in Texas are expected to see some tax savings this year as changes to the state's franchise tax kick in.

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Gov. Perry Issues Emergency Winter Storm Proclamation

December 5, 2013

I, RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that a significant winter storm poses a threat of imminent disaster in the following counties: Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Bell, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Bowie, Briscoe, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collin, Collingsworth, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Cottle, Crockett, Crosby, Dallam, Dallas, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Delta, Denton, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Franklin, Gaines, Garza, Gillespie, Glasscock, Grayson, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hamilton, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Henderson, Hill, Hockley, Hood, Hopkins, Howard, Hunt, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Kaufman, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, King, Knox, Lamar, Lamb, Lampasas, Limestone, Lipscomb, Llano, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, McLennan, Menard, Midland, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Moore, Motley, Navarro, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Potter, Rains, Randall, Reagan, Red River, Roberts, Rockwall, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Terry, Throckmorton, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Van Zandt, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Williamson, Winkler, Wise, Wood, Yoakum, and Young.

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Gov. Perry Presents Cognizant STEM Grant to Texas A&M

December 2, 2013

“In Texas, employers don’t have to worry about whether they’ll have the talent and skill available to fill the jobs they’re creating, because we’ve built a world-class workforce – including right here in College Station,” Gov. Perry said. “By emphasizing the core subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, we can accelerate the pace of our high-tech education, expand opportunity for the young people of our state and strengthen our state's workforce of the future.”

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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in Natgasoline Creating 240 Jobs

November 21, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced Natgasoline LLC is expanding its Beaumont operations, creating 240 jobs and a projected capital investment of more than $1 billion. The state is providing $2.1 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Supreme Court Declining to Block HB 2

November 19, 2013

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas abortion restrictions to remain in effect:

“This is good news both for the unborn and for the women of Texas, who are now better protected from shoddy abortion providers operating in dangerous conditions. As always, Texas will continue doing everything we can to protect the culture of life in our state.”

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Gov. Perry and Dr. Laffer Highlight Successful Policies to Create Jobs, Opportunity

November 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry and economist Dr. Arthur Laffer today contrasted the conservative fiscal principles that have helped Texas become a national leader in job creation with those that have burdened families and businesses in states like California. The governor spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Competition and the States: California vs. Texas luncheon, where Laffer unveiled a new study comparing the governments and economies of the two states.

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