2013 Year in Review
The year 2012 was a great year for Texas, with new employers like Apple, ExxonMobil and Southwest Airlines either expanding or relocating in our state and creating good new jobs for Texans. And that wasn't all that happened in 2012. Presented here are the top stories of the year, as indicated by pageviews and through sharing via a variety of social media outlets.
Friday, March 09, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry Announces Apple to Create 3,600 New Jobs in Austin
Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Apple will expand its presence in Texas with a $304 million investment in a new campus in Austin that will create more than 3,600 new jobs. The new campus will more than double the size of Apple's workforce in Texas over the next decade, supporting the company's growing operations in the Americas with expanded customer support, sales and accounting functions for the region. In exchange for Apple's commitment to create these new jobs in Texas, the state has offered Apple an investment of $21 million over ten years through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).
Monday, March 12, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseStatement by Gov. Rick Perry on Justice Department Rejecting Texas’ Voter ID Law
Texas has a responsibility to ensure elections are fair, beyond reproach and accurately reflect the will of voters. The DOJ has no valid reason for rejecting this important law, which requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane, Gov. Perry said.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseTexas State Operations Center Activated as Severe Weather Impacts North Texas
The Texas State Operations Center activated remotely from San Antonio, where the 2012 Texas Emergency Management Conference is being held this week, and Gov. Rick Perry is urging all Texans to closely monitor conditions and reports, and heed all warnings from local officials as severe thunderstorm and tornado conditions are expected to continue through the early evening. He is closely monitoring the severe weather threat in North Texas and receiving regular updates from his staff and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseStatement by Gov. Perry on Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Obamacare
This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track. Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted, burdensome and overreaching mandates.
Monday, July 09, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry: Texas Will Not Expand Medicaid or Implement Health Benefit Exchange
Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, today confirmed that Texas has no intention of implementing a state insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid as part of Obamacare. Any state exchange must be approved by the Obama Administration and operate under specific federally mandated rules, many of which have yet to be established. Expanding Medicaid would mandate the admission of millions of additional Texans into the already unsustainable Medicaid program, at a potential cost of billions to Texas taxpayers.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseTexas Declared America’s Top State for Business
Claiming the spot as America's Top State for Business 2012 reinforces the fact that the Lone Star State is the nation's leader in fostering an economic climate that creates jobs, promotes innovation and opens the door to unlimited opportunity. Our conservative fiscal policies, including low taxes, fair courts and predictable regulations, keep our state the top destination to live, work, grow a business and raise a family.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseStatement by Gov. Perry on President Obama Visit to Texas
Perhaps while the President is visiting Texas, he can take a break from big-dollar fundraisers to disavow his Attorney General's offensive and incendiary comments regarding our common-sense voter identification law.
Monday, August 27, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry Announces Williams and Reynolds as New Leadership Team at TEA
Gov. Rick Perry named Michael Williams of Arlington the State Commissioner of Education, effective September 1, and announced that Lizzette González Reynolds will serve as chief deputy commissioner. This team will lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and oversee the state's 1,200 school districts and charter schools.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Austin, Texas SpeechGov. Perry: We Owe It to All Texans to Protect Expressions of Faith
Gov. Rick Perry emphasized Texas’ commitment to protecting religious liberties for all, supporting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to intervene in court on behalf of students at Kountze High School who want to display religious language at school sporting events.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseStatement by Gov. Rick Perry on the Passing of Coach Darrell K Royal
Darrell Royal was a coaching icon and the face of football in the Lone Star State for a generation of Texans. His legacy can be counted in national championships, but also in his unending devotion to his university and in the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Call for Drug Screening for TANF, UI Applicants
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called on the Texas Legislature to enact reforms to the state’s welfare and unemployment benefit programs, including authorizing drug screenings for those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. State Sen. Jane Nelson has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to require drug screening for TANF applicants.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry: Texas Will Not Implement State Insurance Exchange Under Obamacare
Gov. Rick Perry, in a follow-up letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, reiterated Texas' decision not to implement a state insurance exchange as part of Obamacare. The deadline to inform the federal government of a state's intention regarding a state exchange is November 16.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Austin, Texas NoteworthyGov. Perry Sends Letter of Support to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
We are deeply saddened to see that the State of Israel is once again under siege by Hamas forces. Please know that I stand with Israel and call upon the government of the United States to rally the international community in defense of this sovereign territory.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 Austin, Texas Press ReleaseGov. Perry Calls for Deferral of 15 Percent Rule
Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams asking him to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade. The governor also applauded Sen. Dan Patrick for filing legislation to give school districts permanent flexibility.