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. The endorsement confirmed that over a million individuals through their groups and organizations have stood up and said they are backing the Governor in his gubernatorial bid for 2010.
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Yesterday, Governor Perry highlighted the importance of strengthening our state’s education, maintaining a focus on job creation efforts, and upholding principles of fiscal responsibility as the keys to continuing Texas’ success. He spoke at Receptor Logic, a company working to develop therapies for cancer and infectious disease.
View all the pictures from the press conference by visiting Rick Perry's Flickr page.
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Gov. Rick Perry will be joined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally in support of his re-election campaign on Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Houston area.
“I look forward to standing with Sarah to promote our shared conservative values of limited government, low taxes and individual freedom,” said Gov. Perry. “Gov. Palin is a true conservative leader whose priorities and message resonate with Texans, and I am honored to have her in Texas supporting my campaign.”
Gov. Palin will campaign with Gov. Perry to highlight the positive momentum Texas is experiencing through conservative leadership that has cut taxes, created jobs, strengthened education and secured our border.
The Texas Medical Association’s political arm, TEXPAC, today announced its endorsement of Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign.
The group selected Perry because of his “unwavering support and defense of Texas’ medical liability reforms and his efforts to protect the sacred patient-physician bond,” said Dr. William Fleming III, president of the association.
In an August column appearing in the San Francisco Examiner, Texas Governor Rick Perry wrote: "Just six years ago, Texas was mired in a health care crisis. Our doctors were leaving the state, or abandoning the profession entirely, because of frivolous lawsuits and the steadily increasing medical malpractice insurance premiums that resulted."
But Texas has since joined 24 other states by enacting reforms that include a reasonable limit on non-economic damages for pain and suffering of up to $750,000 per incident. This essential reform does not limit compensatory awards for calculable lost wages and medical expenses, but it does balance the interests of patients and care providers while helping to ensure access to necessary care.
Now, according to Governor Perry, doctors' insurance rates have declined by an average of 27 percent while the "number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In . . . just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time."
Today's public benefits fail that test, as urban scholar Joel Kotkin of NewGeography.com and Chapman University told the Los Angeles Times in March: "Twenty years ago, you could go to Texas, where they had very low taxes, and you would see the difference between there and California. Today, you go to Texas, the roads are no worse, the public schools are not great but are better than or equal to ours, and their universities are good. The bargain between California's government and the middle class is constantly being renegotiated to the disadvantage of the middle class."
These judgments are not based on drive-by sociology. According to a report issued earlier this year by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., Texas students "are, on average, one to two years of learning ahead of California students of the same age," even though per-pupil expenditures on public school students are 12% higher in California. The details of the Census Bureau data show that Texas not only spends its citizens' dollars more effectively than California but emphasizes priorities that are more broadly beneficial.
Gov. Rick Perry says the state will invest $2.5 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to assist Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. in expanding its operations in San Antonio.
The governor’s office says the move will help to create 750 high-paying jobs and generate more than $94.8 million in capital investment in Texas.
Nationwide is based in Columbus, Ohio. The company offers a full range of insurance and financial services and has operations across the United States.
It was not immediately clear how many people Nationwide currently employs in San Antonio.
The bulk of the initial job growth will be in the areas of sales and services positions, which will help support existing business and generate new growth for the company.
“Nationwide’s expansion in San Antonio is a testament to the success of the TEF and Texas’ status as the best state in the nation to invest, work and raise a family,” Perry says. “Companies like Nationwide will continue to create jobs in Texas because of our state’s low taxes, regulatory environment and educated and diverse workforce.”
John Raybuck is regional vice president of Nationwide’s Texas operations.
“The Texas Enterprise Fund, combined with the attractive workforce in San Antonio, were key factors in our decision to choose San Antonio for expansion of our operations,” he says.
At Perry’s request, the Texas Legislature created the TEF in 2003 and re-appropriated funding in 2005, 2007 and 2009 in order to help ensure the growth of Texas businesses and create more jobs throughout the state. TEF projects must be approved by the governor, lieutenant governor and Speaker of the House. Supporters say the fund has become one of the state’s most competitive tools to recruit and bolster business.
To date, the TEF has invested more than $383 million in projects generating more than 56,000 new jobs and more than $14 billion in capital investment in the state.
Interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry
By Lou Dobbs Tonight
DOBBS: Conservative voting power can make the difference at upcoming key elections across the country. Here comes November 3rd. A new Gallup poll shows the number of Americans as describing themselves as conservative outnumber both moderates and liberals in this country. The trend could benefit Texas Governor Rick Perry. He's caught up in a tough primary battle to remain his party's electorate. Governor Perry joins us here now. Good to have you with us. Are you surprised by that poll, the Gallup poll showing conservatives overwhelming both moderates and liberals?
GOV. RICK PERRY (R), TEXAS: No, it doesn't necessarily surprise me. We go back and forth in this country, back and forth, hope and change gets people's attention and then we look at policies and people go, wait a minute, that wasn't the hope --
DOBBS: Need a little more change.
PERRY: The change we were hoping for. It's out there and people are looking for folks to stand up and say, here's what I believe in, here's what I'm going to do, or to have a record to look at.
DOBBS: You say Texans are so fed up with big government that the state may want to succeed. The federal government certainly hasn't become any smaller. What do you think about the necessity of succession?
PERRY: I don't think that's exactly the quote that I made. But let's just say that people are fed up with big government. There is a reason that Republicans are not in power in Washington, D.C. a lot of folks put their hands up and say, listen, elect me and I want to go be a Republican and then they went up and they voted like Democrats. And people kicked them out. People are fed up with government spending our kids' future. These $1 trillion deficits are scaring people. Health care bills that have $1 trillion attachments to them, people are just fed up with that.
DOBBS: You and Kay Bailey Hutchison are tied in a -- statistically tied in a recent Rasmussen poll. What's your plan to win the primary?
PERRY: I just run on my record. When you look at a state that's got 1,000 a people a day moving to it, a place with more than fortune 500 companies, inarguably Texas is the envy of the other 49 states economically. I'll put that record up against anybody.
DOBBS: You have five patrolled ports of entry into the state, as you know. Do you think homeland security Janet Napolitano is doing enough to secure the borders? And we'll limit that just to the state of Texas.
PERRY: And neither did the previous homeland security director.
DOBBS: Michael Chertoff.
PERRY: Neither one are doing enough. We've asked this administration for 1,000 National Guard troops to come, put boots on the ground. We haven't gotten an answer. There's a conflict between the department of defense and homeland security about who's going to pay for it. I don't care who's going to pay for it, just get the troops on the ground. Let's use the technology available. Why not fly predator drones up and down that border region. They're training drones anyway. They're practicing for the real deal. Let's use them, take that data, use it to help on our homeland security.
DOBBS: What's the number one issue for the state of Texas in the next five to ten years? And what are you doing about it?
PERRY: Making sure we keep the economy going. There's nothing more important than any governor does. I like to see states compete against states. So keeping that economic climate very positive in the state of Texas so that people know they can keep more of their money, they can have the type of quality of life, they can have the freedoms that they desire. If states get focused on the tenth amendment, if we continue to make Texas a place where people want to live, obviously, when there's 1,000 a day coming there, there's a reason for it, and it's the economy, stupid.
DOBBS: All right. Well, we're going end to with you calling me stupid. Governor, good to have you with us.
PERRY: Good, Lou.
DOBBS: Governor Rick Perry, good to have you here.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) for re-election in 2010.
"We are pleased to again join the Perry team and offer our endorsement to publicly support his candidacy for reelection,” said Jimmy Rasmussen, IBAT Chairman. “Community banks play a key role in the economic vitality of this great state. Gov. Perry and his outstanding staff have an appreciation for and understanding of the importance of our issues and our sector of the industry."
“I am pleased that Sen. Hutchison has decided to complete her term in the Senate and remain in the fight against Washington’s imprudent, harmful policies. Her experience will be crucial to reforming the health care disaster and to holding job-killing cap and trade legislation at bay. Not only will this save millions of taxpayer dollars that would have been needed to hold a special election, but will ensure this Senate seat stays in Republican hands. I remain committed to working with all conservative leaders to uphold our state’s sovereignty from Washington’s intrusion, and maintain the proven principles that have kept Texas strong through these challenging economic times.”
Hiding his taxes – and his secret 10-year compensation plan
On Day 23 of refusing to release his income taxes and facing an ethics complaint, liberal trial lawyer Bill White has also failed to come clean with the people of Texas regarding the secret 10-year compensation plan he has with Wedge Group.
When White released his 2009 income taxes, it was uncovered that he reported $83,677 in wages received from Wedge Group in 2009. His campaign later described the payment as part of a 10-year deferred compensation plan, which means the $83,677 was just one in a series of 10 secret payments White will receive from Wedge Group. However, the details of this plan remain a mystery, including when the payments began, when they will conclude, how much they are for, and what variables affect how much money White receives.
Final Four Determined. Bill White Releasing his Income Taxes…Undetermined.
Continuing to hide his taxes and facing an ethics complaint, Bill White enters day 22 of refusing to release his income taxes.
“As March madness continues to sweep the country, liberal trial lawyer Bill White continues to sweep his tax returns under the table,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White, facing an ethics complaint, continues to hide from releasing his taxes. What is he afraid of? What other shady business dealings is he covering-up? Come clean Mr. Bill and release your income taxes for the years you were in public service. The people of Texas are waiting.”
In addition to hiding his income taxes from the people of Texas, White is the subject of an ethics complaint filed with the Texas Ethics Commission regarding $83,677 in income he reported on his 2009 income tax returns but did not include on his 2009 personal financial statement.
Hiding his taxes, facing an ethics complaint, and celebrating Obamacare with other liberal trial lawyers
Day 18 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his income taxes is also the eve of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Dallas to attend a Democratic fundraiser at the home of another trial lawyer. White would obviously be welcome at the event where they will be celebrating the passage of Obamacare which White supports, rarely comments on, and always avoids talking about with the media.
“Supporting Obamacare is not the only thing that Vice President Biden and Shady Bill White have in common. The Vice President used foul language recently and Bill White fouled up his ethics report and Houston’s budget,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White, facing an ethics complaint, continues to hide his taxes. What is he afraid of? What other shady business dealings is he covering up? Maybe Vice President Biden can advise Bill White to come clean and release his taxes for his time in public service.”