Governor's Press Releases
Updated: 9 hours 1 min ago
Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program. The program, which offers an alternative health insurance plan provided by a private company to Medicare recipients, has proven as effective as traditional Medicare in reducing hospital readmissions, improving care coordination and overall health outcomes.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced that he has named Felix Browne director of communications and Hugh Addington director of scheduling and advance. Browne takes over for outgoing communications director Mark Miner, who will continue to advise the governor from the private sector. Addington replaces Karen Kolb Steakley, who is returning to the Governor’s Legislative Division.
Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. TAMU is working with the Texas Tech University National Wind Resource Center, a national leader in the wind energy industry, as well as the University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, TAMU-Corpus Christi Conrad Blucher Institute and University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business and Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families. Ft. Hood has proven its resilience before, and will again. Texas will support those efforts in any way we can, with any resources necessary. The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) today honored Gov. Rick Perry with its Governor of the Year Award for his longtime support of specialty court programs. These programs have helped rehabilitate drug users, reduce recidivism and drive down crime rates in Texas to historic lows.
Gov. Rick Perry will join the BentProp Project in the Republic of Palau, where he will help search for American servicemen who went missing in action (MIA) during air battles over the island nation during World War II. The governor and first lady will travel to Koror, Palau from April 5 – April 17. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys’ travel and accommodations on this trip.
A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted that Texas experienced more job growth at all pay levels than any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2013. The highest rate of job growth in Texas occurred in the upper half of the pay scale.
This weekend, we lost an extraordinary Texan in Ray Hutchison. From his commitment to developing the North Dallas community, to his service in the U.S. Navy and Texas Legislature, to his instrumental role in the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come. Ray was a true public servant, a devoted husband and a loving father.
Gov. Rick Perry today paid tribute to Texas veterans who served or gave their lives in the Vietnam War at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. The ceremony was held on Texas Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.
Yet again, the Obama Administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failure. The truth is, the more people learn about Obamacare, the less they like it, and the most egregious examples of misinformation have come directly from the president himself, with false promises that people could keep their existing plans and they could continue going to their own doctor. Texas is not the reason Obamacare is failing; it’s failing because it’s simply bad policy.
Job growth of this magnitude is about much more than just attractive statistics on a printed page; it means more choices and better options for Texas jobseekers, stronger families and communities, and brighter futures for our children. The commitment we made more than a decade ago to practicing fiscal responsibility and enacting job-friendly policies continues to pay huge dividends, helping keep Texas the best place in the nation to live, work, build a business or raise a family.
The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state. Today’s court decision is good news for Texas women and the unborn, and we will continue to fight for the protection of life and women’s health in Texas.
Whether it’s deadlines or red lines, it’s clear we can’t trust President Obama to back up what he says, from adhering to his own disastrous health care policy to standing up to those who threaten democracy and freedom in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Crimea and elsewhere around the world. In every policy decision he makes we see a feckless, meandering and muddled strategy that ultimately leaves the administration, and increasingly the United States, embarrassed by the lack of conviction and discipline we expect and deserve from the leader of the free world.
Gov. Rick Perry has directed all necessary state resources to assist with the cleanup of oil that has spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between vessels yesterday. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident, and the governor has been briefed by TDEM Chief Nim Kidd on the ongoing cleanup efforts.
There are many ways to balance the federal budget, but this decision to eliminate the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team's headquarters risks Texas' ability to properly respond to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, and is short-sighted. Over the past decade, the Texas Guard has responded to more than 150 disasters in Texas and surrounding states, saving countless lives and helping families in distress. The Texas Guard also plays a vital role in our nation's War on Terror.
The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards for pieces produced in 2013. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities, and people with disabilities.
Gov. Rick Perry today appealed President Barack Obama’s denial of a major disaster declaration for 15 Texas counties following severe winter storms December 5-9, 2013. The declaration would have provided federal public assistance for recovery efforts.
Gov. Rick Perry highlighted important trade opportunities between Texas and Australia at the grand opening of the Queensland Government North America Trade and Investment office in Houston, which will serve as the Australian state’s dedicated office for further developing international trade and investment with the U.S. and Texas. Queensland’s trade office was previously located in Southern California. The governor was joined by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Trade and Investment Commissioner to North America David Camerlengo.
Gov. Rick Perry today was honored by the Entertainment Software Association for his commitment and leadership in the development of the growing video game industry in Texas, where he was presented with an award in appreciation of his support.
Texas cities dominated Wallet Hub’s recent ranking of the best U.S. cities for jobs, with five Texas cities listed in the top 10. Fort Worth was recognized as the top city for job seekers. Arlington ranked fourth, Dallas fifth, Austin sixth, Houston 10th. Corpus Christi nearly cracked the top ten, ranking 12th on the list.