Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Brazoria County Day Breakfast, highlighting his priorities to keep Texas the nation's economic leader by strengthening the state's competitive jobs climate, reducing the tax burden on Texans, and investing in infrastructure.
"Texas' economy has become the envy of the nation, due to the hard work, innovative spirit and dedication of entrepreneurs like those in Brazoria County, and the discipline of our state leadership in Austin," Gov. Perry said. "The foundation employers are building on is our jobs-friendly economic climate, which consistently draws the interest of top decision-makers across the business world, and gives them the opportunity to thrive and compete on a global scale."
The governor highlighted the importance of fiscal responsibility, and emphasized the principles outlined in the Texas Budget Compact - practicing truth in budgeting, creating a stronger constitutional limit on spending growth, opposing new taxes or tax increases and making the tax exemption for small businesses permanent, streamlining government by doing away with duplicative programs, and preserving a strong Rainy Day Fund. He also reiterated his call to provide tax relief to Texans.
Gov. Perry also discussed the need to invest in critical water and transportation infrastructure as Texas' population and economy continue to grow. He has called for the use of $3.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for a one-time investment in water and transportation infrastructure projects.