Rick Perry

Business/Economy
5:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Unveils Business Tax Relief Plan

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The governor’s office release details of a tax relief plan that provides benefits for small and large businesses alike. Before getting into specifics, Gov. Rick Perry took a moment to pause for those affected by the bombings that occurred during the Boston Marathon. 

"I think all of us have friends and/or relatives up in Boston with the race going on so keep them in your prayers as we get the details," Perry said.

Perry listed a four-part plan to to provide over $1 billion in tax money to current businesses and out-of-state companies looking to re-locate.

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Transportation
9:18 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Announces Bond Plan To Solve Transportation Problems

Eileen Pace TPR

During the Texas Lyceum Conference on Transportation Friday, Gov. Rick Perry announced his plan to fix funding issues with transportation costs. 

"On every car or truck sold in the state of Texas, we take in sales tax. The amount we take in on those sales is increasing steadily. I propose we dedicate the future growth in sales tax collected on motor vehicles to transportation infrastructure," Perry said.

The governor said Texas should take advantage of the state’s relatively low debt to fix roads, like those in the Eagle Ford Shale and Burnet Shale areas of the state.

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The Source - April 11, 2013
6:41 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Source: Medicaid Expansion In Texas

Though some Republicans in the legislature are working on ways to get the federal money, Perry has remained strong in his stance opposing any expansion.
rickperry.org

In the first segment:

Kevin Moriarty from Methodist Healthcare Ministries and John Davidson from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talk about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

Though Gov. Rick Perry has been staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act, some Republicans don't want to leave the money on the table.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:44 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Perry Meeting With Florida Governor Rick Scott At "Strategic Forum"

Perry and Florida Gov, Rick Scott could discuss Medicaid expansion, a possibility that some people think is encouraging for eventual expansion in Texas.
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Gov. Rick Perry is visiting West Palm Beach today to take part in roundtable discussion with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at what is being called the Palm Beach Strategic Forum.

Perry's office indicated that he is in the state to discuss his ideas about economic development, but the topic of Medicaid expansion is certainly a possibility. 

Texas Medical Association’s President Michael Spear said that much is encouraging:

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Kaufman County Killings Have State Officials Increasing Security

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland addresses the media in January following the murder of Deputy DA Mark Hasse.
Bill Zeeble KERA

Family and friends of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife who were killed last weekend are starting to move on following a public memorial service. Evidence of a motive is driving the investigation in the direction of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Rick Perry is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests in the case and says authorities should also look at drug cartels; one expert doesn't think that cartel involvement is likely. Finally, an update on the Texas Legislature's budget, which passed the house last night.

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University of Texas
11:04 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Report: Gov. Perry Pressuring UT-Austin President Powers to Resign

Bob Daemmrich / Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 10:07 am

Simmering tensions between University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and the UT Board of Regents keep rising: An article in the Houston Chronicle claims Gov. Rick Perry – who appoints the regents – “has communicated through emissaries that Powers should resign to avoid an embarrassing regents vote to fire him.”

Chronicle reporter Patricia Kilday Hart spoke with Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Sen. Zaffirini argues that recent several actions by the Board of Regents – a special-called meeting to discuss a sexual encounter between assistant football coach Major Applewhite and an adult student, a sweeping open records request, and the controversial decision to re-investigate financial arrangements at the UT Law School foundation – are designed to “make life miserable” for Powers and lead to his resignation.

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The Source
2:25 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Studying Bexar County School District Consolidation

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011. School district consolidation is one solution to the legislature's education finance problem.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

One of the possible solutions for solving issues with school finance is consolidating school districts; HB 2542 would study possible Bexar County school district consolidation. Even though Gov. Perry is not swaying on Medicaid expansion, there is still hope that Texas will do something to get people care and the federal money that goes with it.

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Government
4:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In D.C., Governor Perry Reiterates Stand On Medicaid Expansion

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Texas Governor Rick Perry reiterated his stance on Medicaid expansion during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. this week:

“I say Medicaid doesn’t need to expanded it needs to be saved and reformed.  We care about our poorest Texans. We want them to have the best care possible and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?

United States Department of Labor

During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.

Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.

With the most minimum wage workers in the union, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.

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Texas Matters
12:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Battle Over Expanding Medicaid In Texas

Texas Republicans are now trying to find a way to get federal money without going "all in" with Obamacare.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There’s a mounting effort at the Capitol in Austin to try to find a way to do something about Medicaid, the joint state and federal health program for children, the disabled and the very low income.

Early in the week there were rumors that the House GOP caucus was going to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act.

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