Governor's Press Releases
Updated: 1 hour 38 min ago
Gov. Rick Perry today helped announce the acquisition of Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corp. Kalon, a biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing organization owned by the State of Texas and the Texas A&M University System, is an important part of the growing biotechnology industry in Texas.
"Our Republic, like the light of the ancient Menorah, has lasted longer than anyone could have predicted. America remains a beacon of hope in difficult times for the world. And Chanukah reminds us of the power of faith to sustain a nation and ensure the security of our ally, Israel. I wish you and your family the very happiest Chanukah. May you enjoy a year of peace and success, and may this Festival of Lights strengthen the faith and unity of our nation."
Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the special election date to fill three legislative seats that are being vacated: Senate District 26 (Sen. Leticia van de Putte), House District 17 (Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt) and House District 123 (Rep. Mike Villarreal).
"The people of Texas, and Americans around the world, are praying for the victims of the hostage crisis in Australia and their loved ones. Americans know the steady resolve of our friends in Australia because our armed forces have served side by side in conflicts against the world's evils for nearly 100 years, and closely in the fight against terrorism. Today is a reminder of why evil must be confronted and why the U.S. and its allies must focus on how to destroy evil militarily, politically and ideologically around the world."
Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has issued its full report and recommendations regarding the state's capabilities to prepare for and respond to infectious diseases, such as the Ebola virus and other emerging pathogens.
Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the ongoing need for the state's border security operations, and called on Congress to quickly pass a bill to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border. In the absence of adequate federal resources, the governor reiterated Texas' commitment to using all available tools to enforce the law, and announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the passing of Betty King, who served as secretary of the Texas Senate from 1977 until her retirement in 2001.
In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president's decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.
Having established the model for securing the border in the absence of effective federal action, Texas leaders have reached an agreement to extend the ongoing law enforcement surge through the end of the current fiscal year. Signed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker, the budget execution will marshal resources from a variety of state sources to enhance the state's efforts to secure the border region.
"Today's brutal slayings in Jerusalem are acts of shocking evil, even in a world that has sadly become accustomed to acts of barbarism by the forces of evil in the Middle East. Prayer is a source of peace and refuge for people of all faiths, and to attack worshippers in the midst of expressing their faith in their morning prayers flies in the face of all that is Holy and just in the world."
Gov. Rick Perry today set Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 18 seat, vacated by Sen. Glenn Hegar, who was elected to serve as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
"Texas' strong economy owes a lot to regulatory certainty and major private investments in critical technology infrastructure. President Obama's call to saddle 21st century technology with outdated, unnecessary regulations from the era of the Great Depression is alarming and will stifle innovation and growth. Instead, we should embrace a business and regulatory climate that encourages competition and empowers consumers with greater choice and access to high-speed Internet and all the business, consumer, education and health care benefits that come with it."
"Throughout its history, our nation has been blessed with generations of brave men and women willing to stand on the line between us and our enemies and declare ‘Not on my watch.' Today above all days we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have worn our nation's uniforms, whether in peacetime or in time of war. Their bravery and dedication have made our nation a beacon of liberty for more than 238 years, and the standard of service they uphold will allow the United States to continue our leadership on the global stage for many years to come."
Texas leaders are committing more than $1 million in state support for an innovative pilot program that will address Texas veterans' mental health needs. The new project, the Texas Veterans Initiative, will allow the state's $1 million investment to match local and private funds to expand and evaluate community-based mental health programs serving veterans and their families. If the pilot phase generates widespread interest from communities around the state, the Legislature could act in 2015 to expand it. The project will be funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has recommended guidelines for the monitoring of health care workers and others returning to Texas from Ebola-endemic areas in West Africa. The governor has directed Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey to begin implementing these recommendations.
Gov. Rick Perry today granted full pardons to four individuals after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended such action.
"I'm hopeful the President of the United States shares the complete and total disbelief many of us felt that a senior official working in the West Wing of the White House would use profanity to describe the leader of our greatest ally in the Middle East. The President should demand to know who said this and ask for their resignation as there is absolutely no excuse for such language coming out of the White House. If the President receives no answer as to who said this he should consider making wholesale changes to his staff in order to guard our vital interests and for the sake of maintaining an important relationship with a key ally."
Early this morning, a nurse who has been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone returned home to Texas. While she currently shows no signs of the disease, her job in West Africa places her at "some" risk by CDC protocols. Upon her arrival at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, she was met by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state is investing $800,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Siro Group USA to close the deal on a manufacturing facility in Seguin that will create more than 200 jobs and pump $58.5 million in capital investment into the local economy.
Gov. Rick Perry today welcomed Toyota's new North American headquarters to Plano. Once completed, the facility will bring nearly 4,000 jobs and more than $300 million in capital investment to North Texas.