Gov. Perry: Texas Must Maintain Its Lead.
Texas is the best state when it comes to business development but the Legislature has to continue to make sure it stays that way, Gov. Rick Perry said at a luncheon at the Clear Lake Hilton Monday (May 7).
Perry spoke in front of about 300 Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership members, including many elected officials, to talk about his Texas Budget Compact, which he announced last month.
The compact supports a constitutional limit to spending to the growth of population and inflation, opposes any tax increases, supports a permanent tax exemption for small businesses, demands preserving a strong Rainy Day Fund and proposes cutting unnecessary government programs and agencies.
Speaking in front of exclusively fellow Republican lawmakers, such as state representatives Larry Taylor, Ken Legler and John Davis, and state Sen. Mike Jackson, Perry admitted that he may be preaching to the choir but said it is important for Texa not to get lazy.
“We got to look into ways how we can maintain our lead,” Perry said, and that is by following his budget compact.
Other states, such as Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma, are on track to become more business-friendly and will pass Texas if it gets too comfortable, he said.