Governor's Press Releases
Updated: 4 hours 5 min ago
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the restructuring of key Governor’s Office divisions to increase the agency’s focus on economic development and job creation. Under the restructuring announced today, the Texas Film Commission, the Texas Music Office, the Women’s Commission and the Workforce Investment Council will now report to the Director of Economic Development.
America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known for one simple reason – because of you – our veterans, the men and women who put service above self,” Governor Abbott said. “As Governor, I will constantly work to find ways to help our veterans. It’s our duty to help those who helped make America so exceptional. And it’s our duty to honor those whose sacrifice has preserved our freedom.
Texas will continue to make meaningful and effective investments in job creation. Now we must also harness our resources to elevate Texas’ higher education institutions as integral participants in our economic advancement.
In a letter sent today to all state agency heads, Governor Greg Abbott called for higher standards in the State’s contracting and procurement process, including specific reforms aimed at restoring the public trust in the contracting process.
Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the decision to allow legal proceedings against former Governor Rick Perry to move forward.
Job creation is the lifeblood of our state – and Texas’ history of strengthening job growth equates to more opportunity for all Texans. The state of Texas will continue to promote fiscally responsible policies that sustain our position as number one in the nation for economic opportunity and give Texans across the state the means to invest in the future of their families.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Edinburg to attend the announcement of a major grant by United Health Foundation to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Thursday evening.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the distribution of $4 million to support the formation of consortiums between Texas universities that will provide research, training and education for the advancement of offshore energy exploration, help protect the environment and develop preventive measures against oil spills.
"Those who have worked long and hard - in both parties - to prevent Iran from securing a nuclear weapon should not have their motives questioned by a president whose own support for Israel ebbs and flows. His statement - that those who take a harder line than he does about Iran's nuclear program are bowing to "donors" - shows his continuing disrespect for real policy debate. What's more, it's a pretty clear effort to impugn the motives of Senators and all Americans who deeply fear the impact of the Iranian nuclear weapons program on Israel. Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, and her supporters do not defend her for reasons of short-term political gain but because they believe in Israel's fundamental right to exist and thrive against considerable odds. The president should apologize for the inflammatory and offensive comment."
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."