Today, the official PAC of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election. Taken together with the recent endorsement from the Texas Municipal Police Association, Governor Perry has earned the trust of organizations representing thousands of hardworking Texas law enforcement officials.
Rick Perry has made fighting crime and standing up for our Texas police officers and troopers a high priority throughout his tenure. Whether it is equipping our law enforcement officers with the technology they need to keep our communities safe, giving them the resources to investigate and apprehend those who would pollute our communities with drugs and gang violence, or funding programs to crack down on those who prey on children, Governor Perry has always put protecting Texans first.
The Governor's firm commitment to law enforcement is clear, and these endorsements demonstrate that Rick Perry is the leader who will continue to keep Texans safe.
With the news today that the Texas Alliance for Life PAC is endorsing Governor Rick Perry in 2010, the strong Perry momentum in this race is becoming nearly impossible for even critics to deny. Texans for Rick Perry is humbled and honored to receive such a broad array of support from so many groups and individuals representing so many thousands of Texans.
We are all thrilled and energized by such overwhelming support from this diverse and growing group of conservative groups. As the video alluded to, stay tuned, because there are plenty of major endorsements yet to come. Help keep the Perry momentum rolling, donate today at http://RickPerry.org/fundraise.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Alliance for Life (TAL) PAC for re-election in 2010.
“We enthusiastically endorse Governor Perry in his bid for re-election,” said Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman, Ph.D. “He is a loyal advocate for the protection of unborn babies and their mothers, and TAL is eager for him to continue his dedicated and effective leadership of our state.”
TAL is a statewide, nonprofit organization of people committed to protecting the fundamental right to life of all innocent human beings, and to promoting respect for their value and dignity from the moment of conception until natural death.
“TAL’s dedication to preserving the sanctity of life in Texas is a platform I'm proud to advocate, and I am honored to have their support in the upcoming election,” said Gov. Perry. “I look forward to helping their ongoing efforts to maintain and strengthen the pro-life values in our state which are a key component in keeping Texas on the path to prosperity and opportunity.”
TAL joins the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams, Texas Right to Life, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Texas Apartment Association, Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers, and Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett in their endorsement of Gov. Perry for re-election.
Renowned pro-life advocate, Carol Everett, gave her endorsement to Gov. Perry for re-election in 2010.
“Carol’s dedication to offering young Texans an alternative to abortion has left a deep impression upon our entire state,” said Gov. Perry. “The example she has set and the work she has accomplished on this front have no doubt strengthened and offered hope to countless Texans. I am thankful for her endorsement and look forward to continue helping her support such pro-life efforts which are essential to keeping our state on the track of success.”
The founder and CEO of The Heidi Group joins eight more influential Texas organizations and leaders who support the Governor. Ms. Everett has spent more than 25 years working to offer women who face unintended pregnancies alternative options to abortion.
“Gov. Perry has consistently and unapologetically fought to secure a strong pro-life climate in the state of Texas,” said Everett. “He is clearly the leader Texans need to keep our state headed in the the right direction, to maintain a high quality of life within our communities, and to ensure the ongoing strength of Texas families. I proudly offer my support in his bid for re-election as governor of our great state.”
Governor Perry received the endorsement for re-election from Linda Rogers, chairman of the Burnet County Republican Party and president of the Texas Republican County Chairman's Association.
“Linda has been invaluable to furthering the cause of the Republican Party in Texas and I’m proud to have her support,” said Gov. Perry. “I am eager to continue working with her and all party leaders in Texas to grow and strengthen the conservative movement in our state.”
Linda Rogers marks the 8th endorsement for the Governor from a Texas association or community leader.
“I personally and proudly endorse Gov. Rick Perry for re-election in 2010. Gov. Perry has been a strong, conservative leader for Texas and thanks to principled guidance, we are truly the shining star among all the 50 states,” said Linda Rogers. "I hope that Texas Republicans across the state will join me and give their support to Gov. Perry in his re-election campaign.”
State Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, might sponsor a bill next year for a constitutional amendment protecting private property rights that would better define when private land can be taken for public use, known as eminent domain.
Perry said he wants to double the number of nuclear plants in the state within the next 10 years, increase development of biofuels made from algae and other sources, and dramatically boost the state's production and use of wind energy — an area where Texas has surpassed California to lead the country.
Washington continuously shortchanges Texas taxpayers. When Sen. Hutchison says Texas receives 92 cents from Washington in transportation funding, she is referring to formula funding. When discretionary funds are counted, Texas gets back 70 cents per dollar for highways.
(Source: “The Unreliability of Federal Financing” February 2006, page 3 - ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/library/report...)
The state receives only a 70 percent return for highway programs. For each dollar Texans pay in federal motor fuels taxes, the state has returned to it only 70 cents for highway programs and 8 cents for transit programs.
(SOURCE: Texas House Research Organization report 81-5, 2/23/09, available at http://www.hro.house.state.tx.us/focus/HighwayFund81-5.pdf)
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas (ASSIST) for re-election.
“Gov. Perry’s work to make Texans safer through disaster and emergency response planning has been outstanding and ASSIST is proud to endorse Gov. Perry in his bid for re-election.” said Bob Burt, State President of ASSIST. “Gov. Perry was among the first to recognize the previously untapped partnership between public and private law enforcement, and his support of the Law Enforcement and Private Security (LEAPS) program has helped to add thousands of eyes and ears in the effort to keep Texans safe at no additional cost to taxpayers. The successful utilization of both private and public security professionals places Texas far above the rest.”
ASSIST is a non-profit organization comprised of private professional security companies across the state and the largest organization representing private security in Texas. There are more than 100,000 private security officers in Texas.
“I am proud of the sacrifices members of ASSIST have made over the years, working alongside public sector law enforcement to fortify our crime fighting and emergency management efforts, and I am honored to accept their endorsement,” said Gov. Perry. “Their role in mobilizing resources and assistance in the face of natural disasters has been invaluable in the effort to keep Texans safe and out of harm’s way. I will continue to ensure our protectors, both in the public and private sector, have the tools they need to keep our people safe and our communities secure.”
Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas
Gov. Perry Speaks at TAB Annual Conference Luncheon
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the Texas Association of Business (TAB) Annual Conference Luncheon to honor the 2010 Best Companies to Work For in Texas and accept TAB’s endorsement for his re-election.
“I am honored to receive the Texas Association of Business’ vote of confidence in my candidacy and humbled by the endorsement of organizations from across the state, which represent hundreds of thousands of Texans from every walk of life,” said Gov. Perry. “I take it as affirmation from those who know what it takes to succeed, who have boldly tackled life’s challenges and embraced our state’s deep-seated embrace of liberty.”
Gov. Perry discussed the importance of upholding Texas’ business-friendly climate by keeping taxes low and regulations predictable, and maintaining a fair legal system and accountable public schools. He also noted Texas’ strong economic position compared to other states, while recognizing the importance to continue working to create the jobs Texas needs, until every Texan who wants a job has a job.
“Hardworking people all over our state know that governments never really create jobs, businesses do, when they’re free of excessive government influence,” said Gov. Perry. “Government is at its best when it’s cultivating an environment that makes it easier for employers to thrive and then gets out of the way. The business-friendly climate we have created, combined with the efforts of hardworking Texans, have moved Texas to the forefront of the nation’s economy and have us poised to remain there well into the future.”
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor released numbers confirming that Texas has outdone all other large states in job growth in the last decade, adding almost 750,000 private-sector jobs from 1999 to 2009, while the other ten largest states lost jobs, part of a net national loss of more than 1.5 million private sector jobs. Texas economist Ray Perryman also recently noted that Texas is the “last in and first out” when it comes to the current economic downturn, pointing to the job growth that Texas has experienced in three of the past six months and the fact that the unemployment rate has remained two points below the national average.
“The business community has a true champion in Gov. Rick Perry,” said TAB President and BACPAC spokesman Bill Hammond. “Texas is fortunate to have the most pro-business governor in the nation. Gov. Perry has helped lead our state to being home to the most robust business climate in America. Gov. Perry's unparalleled record of accomplishment on business issues made the decision an easy one.”
Education, Job Creation and Fiscal Responsibility Keys to Continued Success in Texas
HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today stressed the relationship between an educated workforce and our state’s continued economic success at Nicholas Earth Printing, a commercial printing company and Texas small business that has helped keep our state’s economy moving.
In his remarks, Gov. Perry called on the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety to work with local school districts to further leverage the privilege of a driver’s license as an incentive to keep students engaged in the education process.
“I believe that in order for high school-aged individuals to get and keep a driver's license they should be enrolled in school, be it bricks and mortar or our virtual high school, and, most importantly, working toward their diploma or GED,” said Gov. Perry. “This approach will not only give local school districts another tool in their efforts to reduce dropouts. It will also give students an incentive to do the work that will prepare them to compete in the workforce. ”
Gov. Perry also highlighted a recent report from the Texas Workforce Commission that said Texas has created more private sector jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years and has the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 largest states in the nation.
“These remarkable numbers indicate an economy with a strong core and a state government committed to strong fiscal discipline that is willing to stick to the basics,” said Gov. Perry.
Gov. Perry stressed the need to maintain a focus on job creation efforts and uphold principles of fiscal responsibility as the keys to continuing Texas’ success.
“Entrepreneurs know that they can succeed in Texas on their own merits, without being taxed, regulated and frivolously sued out of existence,” said Gov. Perry. “They also know that our workforce is getting stronger by the day because we have improved the quality of public education by emphasizing accountability, teacher incentive pay and mastery of the basic subjects. ”
To ensure Texas continues providing a strong education to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive workplace, Gov. Perry most recently announced a proposed expansion of the state’s Virtual School Network. The expansion will improve access to high quality, online courses for high school students, especially those in rural schools and those educated at home. The proposal will also provide resources to recapture students who have dropped out of school.
“By expanding and leveraging the Texas Virtual Schools Network we can keep more young Texans engaged in their education and make that future workforce even stronger,” said Gov. Perry. “As we work to raise the quality of a Texas education even higher, we are also working to lock in some wise limits on spending to keep Texas strong in the days to come. ”
Gov. Perry also focused on fiscal responsibility by reiterating the need for Texas to amend its constitution with two key provisions: requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve tax increases and limiting spending growth to the combined growth rates of Texas’ population and inflation. Both amendments will ensure the continued fiscal discipline that allowed Texas to balance its budget in 2009 while setting aside billions for its Rainy Day fund and cutting taxes for more than 40,000 small businesses.
The governor pledged to keep working until every Texan who wants a job has a job and noted that Texas’ adherence to low taxes, fair laws and predictable regulations will lead the state to continued economic success. Texas economist Ray Perryman recently noted that Texas is the “last in and first out” when it comes to the current economic downturn, pointing to the job growth that Texas has experienced in three of the past six months and the fact that the state’s unemployment rate has remained two points below the national average.
“The story of hardworking innovators coming together to attract the best and brightest is played out again and again all across Texas as people take advantage of the job-friendly climate we’ve created and risk their capital in pursuit of a vision,” said Gov. Perry. “The fact is, even though no one is immune to the effects of the economic downturn, Texas is better off than just about every other state, thanks to years of disciplined conservative leadership at every level. ”
Other education initiatives proposed by Gov. Perry include doubling the number of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) academies in an effort to educate more Texas students in the subjects required of an increasingly high tech economy and workplace, and expanding the UTeach Program to five more higher education institutions in an effort to recruit university students earning math and science degrees into teaching.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Ag Air PAC, the political action committee of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association, for re-election in 2010.
“Throughout his tenure as our state’s Agriculture Commissioner, Lt. Governor and now Governor, Rick Perry has been an unwavering advocate for rural Texas,” said Matt Fitch, President of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association. “He understands and supports the role that 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. Ag Air PAC is 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.