Governor's Press Releases
Updated: 10 hours 58 min ago
Through his valiant struggle against the injustices of apartheid, Nelson Mandela became a symbol of what one person can do to change the world. His life and legacy will remain an inspiration to people everywhere who believe in the power of freedom to create stronger nations, and forge a better world for future generations. Today, the prayers of Texans are with Mandela’s family, his friends, and the people of South Africa.
Gov. Rick Perry today issued an emergency proclamation directing additional state resources to prepare for a severe winter storm system that is moving across Texas.
Gov. Rick Perry today joined GEICO chairman and CEO Tony Nicely to announce the company will be expanding its Katy operations, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next three years and $8.5 million in capital investment.
Gov. Rick Perry today joined Gordon Coburn, president of Cognizant, to present the company’s $150,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant to Texas A&M University. The grant comes in the form of a three-year commitment from Cognizant and will support the promotion of STEM education programs through the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) at Texas A&M University.
As families across our state come together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect upon the ample blessings that have been bestowed upon us as Texans and Americans. As always, please keep the brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces, serving their country far from home, in your thoughts and prayers throughout this holiday season.
Anita and I would like to extend holiday wishes to our Jewish friends celebrating Hanukkah. We recognize this year’s celebration with special memories of our recent trip to Israel. We hope the Festival of Lights proves to be an enjoyable time for you and your families, and that the blessings in your life continue for many, many years to come.
Texas remains a national leader in job creation, adding 43,800 new jobs in two months according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission last week. The unemployment rate in October fell to 6.2 percent, declining for the third consecutive month and well below the national rate of 7.3 percent.
Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) awardee Ideal Power today launched a successful initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ capital market, raising over $15 million from its IPO. Ideal Power is the first TETF company to launch an IPO.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his request to provide disaster assistance to Caldwell, Hays and Travis counties, which experienced severe flooding on October 31st.
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.
Texas cities continue to catch the attention of national business and economic publications for their economic strength and job creation, taking top marks in recent rankings by Forbes and The Business Journals.
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.
Gov. Rick Perry today set Jan. 28, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas House District 50 seat, vacated by Rep. Mark Strama of Austin.
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.
This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law. President Obama is shifting the blame by saying it's up to states and state insurance commissioners to fix the massive problem his signature law has created for millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance.
Whenever they’ve been needed, the members of America’s armed forces have risen to the challenge of protecting our nation from foes around the world. Our veterans remain the reason the United States is today the world's shining beacon of freedom and prosperity. Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor them and the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf, and we must never lose sight of the debts we owe them. That’s why programs like ‘Hiring Red, White and You,’ among others, are so important in connecting our returning veterans with employers seeking talented, experienced individuals to work for them. In its first year, ‘Red, White and You’ job fairs led to roughly 2,800 hires, and this year, we want to top that number significantly. These brave men and women risk all for love of country, and Texans will always do our part to welcome our veterans home.
President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true.
Gov. Rick Perry today set May 10, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 4 seat, vacated by Sen. Tommy Williams.
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to the passage of Proposition 6:
Today, the people of Texas made history, ensuring we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes. Now it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced Oracle is expanding its operations in Austin, establishing an additional office and creating 200 jobs. The company plans to invest $5.4 million in the project.