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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Directs DFPS To Implement New Child Safety Measures

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:19am
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner John Specia directing the agency to implement comprehensive reforms to the state’s foster care and child protective services following the death of three children under DFPS supervision in the first three months of 2015.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Files Amicus Brief On Executive Amnesty

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:55am
Governor Greg Abbott has filed an amicus brief in opposition to the Obama administration’s Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in the case to halt President Obama’s executive amnesty.
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[Press Release] First Lady Cecilia Abbott Visits Irving, Tours Thomas Haley Elementary School

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today visited Thomas Haley Elementary School in Irving, where she toured the school and met with the Principal and Irving ISD Superintendent, as well as teachers and students in several classrooms.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Names Lewis Chair Of Texas Transportation Commission

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:03am
Governor Greg Abbott today named Tryon Lewis chair of the Texas Transportation Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Calls On EPA To Refrain From Issuing New Standards

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:14pm
In an ongoing effort to deter federal overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Governor Greg Abbott today issued a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, requesting that the agency void its proposed changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in favor of maintaining the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb).
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[Press Release] In Case You Missed It: Governor Abbott Op-Ed: Texas Means Business

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 2:28pm
We have built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish, including less government, low taxes, reasonable regulations and the right-to-work laws that attract job creators and keep job growth here in the state of Texas. As governor, I intend to do more to build an even stronger business environment.
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[Press Release] WEB VIDEO: Keeping Texas The Beacon Of Opportunity

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:22pm
As the sun rises on 2015, the State of Texas is strong and together, we are about to make it even stronger. Our fellow Texans face many challenges, working together, we will succeed and we will keep Texas the beacon state in the United States of America.
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[Press Release] Statement By Gov. Abbott On January Job Growth Numbers

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:34am
The State of Texas is continuing to lead the nation in job growth by leveraging our state’s greatest natural resource – the people of Texas who’ve developed an incredibly robust and resilient economy.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Statement On Texas’ Motion For Discovery

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 5:28pm
I commend Attorney General Paxton for continuing to hold the Obama Administration accountable, and I’m confident an investigation would find the Administration knowingly or recklessly misled a Federal Court in issuing thousands of amnesty documents illegally.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Sets Emergency Special Election For HD-124

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:21pm
Governor Greg Abbott today set an emergency special election for Tuesday, March 31, 2015, to fill the House District 124 seat recently vacated by Senator José Menéndez.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Visits Midland, Tours Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:20pm
Governor Greg Abbott visited Midland today as part of his State of the State tour, where he toured Midland ISD’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary, meeting with the school’s Superintendent and Principal as well as teachers and students in several classrooms.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Accepts Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup On Behalf Of State Of Texas

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:02pm
Governor Greg Abbott today accepted the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an award given annually by Site Selection Magazine to recognize the top performing state for capital investment attraction in a season that lasts all year. 2014 was the third year in a row and sixth year since 2004 that Texas has been honored with the award.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Addresses Greater Houston Partnership Luncheon, Outlines Session Priorities

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:00pm
Governor Greg Abbott today addressed the Greater Houston Partnership Luncheon to share with local business leaders his plans for the state of Texas. . Following his remarks, Governor Abbott visited the School at St. George Place where he toured prekindergarten classrooms and visited with teachers and administrators about the importance of elevating Texas’ Pre-K programs to be among the best in the nation.
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[Press Release] Statement By Governor Abbott On Establishment Of North Texas Anti-Gang Center

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:37am
We must do more to crack down on gang activity and prevent organized crime from taking root across Texas, and this grant is a crucial step toward that goal.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Statement On President Obama’s Request For Stay On Executive Amnesty Ruling

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:08pm
"The President’s stay request should be denied. A stay is typically granted to have the status quo maintained."
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Statement On 2013 Texas High School Graduation Rate Exceeding National Average

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:47pm
The United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics recently released information detailing state-by-state graduation rates in 2012-13, with Texas’ Class of 2013 graduating at a rate of 88 percent and outpacing the national average of 81 percent.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Issues Official Proclamations Declaring Emergency Items

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:04am
Governor Greg Abbott today issued five proclamations declaring emergency items to be immediately considered by the 84th Legislature of the state of Texas.
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott Statement On Travis County District Judge Ruling

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:06pm
Governor Abbott today released the following statement in response to the ruling by a Travis County District Judge:
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[Press Release] Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Attorney General Paxton And Senator Cruz Address Executive Amnesty Ruling

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:16pm
Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Senator Ted Cruz today held a joint press conference to address the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas’ decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
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[Press Release] What Experts Are Saying About Governor Abbott’s State Of The State Speech

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:14pm
“Commends Governor Abbott For His Plan to Secure The Border” . . . “Demonstrating His Commitment To Securing Much-Needed Funding For Texas Highways” . . . “Abbott Understands The Important Issues Veterans Face”
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