Waco, Tx — On Tuesday, Governor Rick Perry met with hundreds of Central Texans at the Waco Covention Center and highlighted Texas’ many accomplishments in the last decade, saying "America could learn from Texas".
Perry discussed how working together as a state has helped to establish one of the strongest jobs climates and economies in the nation. He also reiterated key policy initiatives that he plans to pursue during the 83rd legislative session to maintain our state’s long-term prosperity and economic success.
“As we approach the next legislative session, we need to take a hard look at reducing the tax burden on all Texans,” said Perry. “We also need to reduce the demands on our innovators so they’re free to innovate and turn their great ideas into great success. And we need to continue streamlining our government to do more with the resources we have and delivering needed services in an effective and efficient manner.”
Perry also highlighted several priorities and policy initiatives for the upcoming session:
•Texas Budget Compact: practice truth-in-budgeting, support a stricter constitutional limit on spending, oppose any new taxes or tax increases, make the small business tax exemption permanent, preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund and cut unnecessary and redundant government programs. For more information, please visit: http://governor.state.tx.us/initiatives/txbudgetcompact/ 
•Welfare and unemployment insurance reforms: authorize drug screening of benefit applicants which will prevent tax dollars from going to drug abusers and drug dealers, and instead to the people who truly need it. For more information, please visit: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/17863/ 
•Higher education reforms: four-year tuition freeze for incoming freshmen, linking a portion of each university’s funding to student outcomes and expanding the number of universities offering degrees for $10,000. For more information, please visit: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/17697/ 
To view the governor’s remarks, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/17909/