Today was the annual State of the State speech given by Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Throughout the year people have seen the lists declaring Texas is rated great for business, jobs, and quality of life. The speech given earlier today in the State Legislature was indicative of the why. Texas, like so many of the states is facing challenges primarily due to unfunded Federal Mandates and a flagging national economy. Listeners heard dozens of ideas on how Texas will effectively manage the challenges in tough times. The core of Texas is strong, and the following ideas were offered as evidence that the state government is working hard to insulate Texans as much as possible from the deficit battles at national level.
Rather than bore my readers with rhetoric, I will attempt to list the ideas given today by the Governor that will ensure Texas remains high on the list of desirable places to live.
- Each group/division that receives monies, will need to justify their fiscal viability.
- Duplicity in different departments will be either eliminated or merged functionally.
- Non-Critical groups that receive monies will be suspended for two years (no monies given).
- Push Washington to have a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution.
- Begin using “Outcomes-based funding” for undergraduate institutions. The funding would no longer be based on the number of students, but be based instead on the number of degrees awarded to students.
- Tie high school diplomas and GED’s to the Driver license. A person would need to be enrolled in a high school or obtain a GED to get their license.
- Encourage a sharing of services between school districts to lessen the overhead costs.
- All school districts need to lessen their expenditures.
- Challenge the institutions of higher education to develop bachelor degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
- Leverage web-based instruction for high schools and others across the state.
- Congressman Doggett’s legislation is taking $830M from Texas School Children and we should encourage our Congressman to repeal this legislation.
- Continue to lobby for businesses to come to Texas and increase the number of jobs in the state.
- Veterans are an untapped source of expertise that will be a great addition to the workforce – don’t forget them!
- Other state governors are now actively adopting the Texas model of making regulations that are good for business.
- Sanctuary cities must be abolished so the law enforcement can do their work
- Law enforcement should be able to ask for documentation for anyone who has been detained on criminal charges
- It is critical we work closely with Mexico to fight the violence of the drug cartels
- Human Trafficking is a big problem in Texas and we have two legislators who are continuing to lead the charge in this area. They are Representatives Senfronia Thompson and Randy Weber. Stronger sentencing needs to be available for these offenses. Proposed is 25 years minimum for first offenders and life without parole for repeat offenders.
- Washington continues to neglect their responsibility for the border. Numerous efforts have been made to communicate the urgent need of help on the border to get the drug cartels under control. Texas continues to need 1,000 National Guard Troops on the border as well as drone planes to aide our efforts.
The Obamacare legislation will cripple Texan’s healthcare, and the end result will devastate the state budget. Attorney General Greg Abbott is using every tool at his disposal to fight this example of government overreach. We have several pieces of legislation proposed which will help to protect the citizens of Texas in this area. One bill that is proposed by Texas representative Creighton states it is unconstitutional to mandate a citizen purchase health insurance. There are several other bills filed which propose innovative healthcare solutions for Texans.
Texas is being punished for doing a good job. The proactive efforts to improve air quality yielded good results and still created more jobs in the process. The EPA has continued to try and penalize Texas for doing a good job. This is a political ploy to usurp state rights. Note from author: Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed legislation against the EPA.
There were positive ideas in this speech, and credit was given to several legislators in the state for their progressive ideas and strong bill proposals. It was clear that Texas has an A team fighting on all fronts to maintain quality of life, increase jobs, and protect citizens as much as humanly possible.
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