Governor Perry Gives Texas High Marks

Governor Rick Perry Gave his State-of-the-State address today here in Houston. As you can imagine, a big portion of that speech had to do with Hurricane Ike. Bill Stamps has more.
"The Governor of the State of Texas — Rich Perry"

Governor Perry started off his speech Houston and the state of Texas is among the top in virtually every category..whether it's best place to live, best place to work or even best place to locate a business.

"We have more Fortune 500 companies calling Texas home than any other state today. And on the financial side, Texas has the lowest loan default rate of any large population state."

Perry says Texas is still feeling the effects of two storms back to back. One environmental and one financial. While the price tag from Hurricane Ike will run in the billions, he's proud of the way agencies came together during the disaster.

"Fortunately, we had prepositioned the largest search and rescue operation in Texas history, and were ready to rescue people from a large variety of life threatening situations.  Our private sector partners were also ready, and they rolled right into action that morning."

As for the financial crises and its effect on Texas, Perry says the state is strong, but needs to take action in order to stay that way.

"That's why I've asked the heads of executive branch state agencies to take a close look at their budgets. Figure out what discretionary spending they can cut. In a letter this week I directed them to start by curtailing taxpayer-funded travel for the remainder of this fiscal year. "

Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas all rank in the top ten on Forbes list of places where your money goes the farthest. Despite two storms in a month...the governor doesn't believe that those cities will drop from that list anytime soon.

Bill Stamps. KUHF Houston Public Radio News.