Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

Governor Abbott's Initiatives

Last legislative session, we made Texas freer, stronger, safer and smarter. This session, we will forge an even broader path to prosperity for more Texas families by building on four pillars: safety and security, education, economic advancement, and the preservation of liberty.

“Texas is the Lone Star State for a reason: We stand apart as a model for the nation and the world.”
                                                                         - Governor Greg Abbott


Safety & Security

The primary role of government is to keep its citizens safe and secure.

That goal is even more important when it comes to our children.

CPS Reforms

We must reform the state's child protective system. We need more workers with better training, smarter strategies and real accountability to safeguard our children. We must also remain vigilant in protecting parental rights.

Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, And Speaker Straus Direct DFPS To Take Immediate Action To Protect Texas Children
First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses DFPS Faith Leader Summit, Issues Call to Service To Help Texas Children And Families
Governor Abbott Directs DFPS To Implement New Child Safety Measures

Safeguarding Students from Sexual Abuse

Rotten apple teachers who assault students should lose their license to teach. We must impose real jail time and also penalize administrators who turn a blind eye to such abuse.

LIFE Initiative

We must do more to establish higher standards that reflect respect for the sanctity of life. The butchering of unborn babies for trade on the open market is barbaric. We must criminalize the sale or donation of baby body parts, advance adoption services and support mothers who embrace the blessing of a child’s life.

Sanctuary Cities Ban

Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey. There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law.

Governor Abbott To Travis County Sheriff: Reverse Sanctuary Policy Or Lose Funding
Governor Abbott Issues Letter On Dallas County Sheriff's Refusal To Honor Federal Immigration Detainer Policy
ICYMI: Gov Abbott Discusses Call To End Sanctuary Cities On The Sean Hanity Show

Border Security

We support legal immigration – it’s what built America. But illegal immigration and the criminals who conspire with the cartels must be stopped. We must secure our border.

Governor Abbott Signs Comprehensive Border Security Legislation
Governor Abbott Takes Action To Combat Illegal Border Crossings

Police Protection Act

Texas will not tolerate attacks on our law enforcement officers. We must increase penalties and make it a hate crime to target peace officers simply because of the uniform they wear.

What They Are Saying About Governor Abbott’s Police Protection Act
Governor Abbott Announces Police Protection Act


Elevating Education

Education is essential to preserve liberty.

We must continue to invest in early education and higher education, and expand school choice in Texas. Our goal is to give teachers the tools and resources they need to help our children succeed.

High-Quality PreK

The purpose of funding high-quality PreK is to set higher standards, evaluate their effectiveness and eliminate what doesn’t work. It ensures PreK works rather than waste taxpayer money. We must do it right or not at all.

Governor Abbott Signs Emergency Early Education Bills
Governor Abbott Leads Transformation Of Early Education In Texas
Governor Abbott Statement On HB 4 Vote

Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI)

We must continue our mission to advance Texas universities to be among the best in the nation. Recruiting internationally renowned researchers spurs economic development and helps create jobs.

Governor Abbott Announces Launch Of Governor's University Research Initiative
Governor Abbott Announces Ten Governor's University Research Initiative Grant Awards
Governor Abbott Proposes To Eliminate Emerging Technology Fund; Establish New University Research Initiative

School Finance

School finance is not about financing our schools. It’s about providing our students with the best education possible. With a sense of urgency, we must create better ways to fund education.

School Choice

No child should be in the wrong school because of their zip code. Parents should be empowered to choose the school that’s best for their child. Thirty states have school choice. Let’s make Texas the 31st.

Governor Abbott Champions School Choice At Annual Education Rally


Economic Advancement

Every Texan should have greater opportunity for economic advancement.

With our low costs of living and high quality of life, Texas remains the best place to raise a family and build a business. But that promise is in peril.

Enterprise Fund

We need to further diversify our economy and compete for the jobs Texans deserve. We need to fully fund the Enterprise Fund to add jobs and grow our economy.

Governor Abbott Announces New SATA Group Project in Brownsville, TX
Governor Abbott Announces McKesson Expansion In Texas
Governor Abbott Announces New Charles Schwab Regional Campus In Texas

Franchise Tax Reduction

The best way to grow jobs is by cutting taxes and regulations on businesses. We must continue to cut the business franchise tax.

Property Tax Reduction

No government should be able to tax people out of their homes. We need property tax reform that prevents cities from raising taxes without voter approval. We need serious property tax reform with a real revenue cap.

Hail Litigation Abuse

We must reduce the economic havoc of hail storm litigation, the newest form of lawsuit abuse.

Budget

Just as families deal with tight budgets by balancing needs and wants, so too must the State.


Preserving Liberty

The destiny of this state and our nation is entrusted to “We the People.”

To keep Texas the bastion of liberty in America, we need to shore up cracks in our democratic process.

Ethics Reform

Faith in our democracy is linked to the people’s trust in their elected officials. Voters deserve to know if we are working for ourselves or the people who elected us.

Governor Abbott Statement On Senate Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation

Union Dues Collection

We should end the practice of government deducting union dues from the paychecks of employees. Taxpayer funds should not be used to support the collection of union dues.

Convention of States

The federal government should fulfill important but limited responsibilities as enumerated in the Constitution. On everything else, Texans should govern Texas.

Governor Abbott Unveils Texas Plan Offers Constitutional Amendments To Restore The Rule Of Law
What They Are Saying about Gov. Abbott’s Call For A Convention Of States