Report To The People Of Texas

January 29, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Abbott Releases Second Report To The People Of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today released his second “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the legislative, economic, educational, and public safety achievements over the past year. The year in review offers a look back at the triumphs and challenges of 2017, and provides Texans greater insight into important programs and policies being implemented across the state, in addition to other actions Governor Abbott has taken to move Texas forward.   

"Though tested this year by Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, Texas remains the envy of the nation," Governor Abbott wrote. "That is why I have focused on making the Lone Star State freer, stronger, safer and smarter, and why I will continue to work with my partners in the Texas Legislature to build a brighter path to opportunity for all Texans.”     

The Report notes that:

  • More than 306,000 jobs were created statewide in 2017
  • Texas set a new record-low unemployment rate
  • Texas has more public high schools ranked in the top 100 than any other state
  • Over $18 million awarded from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to aid in anti-trafficking efforts

Governor Abbott concludes the report with a look ahead, focusing on opportunities for continued success for Texans in the coming year.

“Businesses are growing here, families are growing here, innovation is growing here. And our economy is booming,” Governor Abbott concludes. “Yet, we have more left to do to expand economic opportunity, advance education, preserve safety and security, and protect life and liberty.”

In addition to the report, Governor Abbott released a message to Texans inviting them to look back at the year’s successes, and thanking them for helping build an even stronger Texas for tomorrow.