GHP Has Lunch With The Governor And His Touring SOS Speech

Texas Governor Rick Perry shared his priorities for the 83rd Legislative session with Houston business leaders, which included proposals for improving infrastructure, tax relief and education.

"Perry-care has got to go. Hey-hey, ho-ho."

A protest by a crowd of angry uninsured Texans was kept outside the Hilton Americas hotel downtown, and far enough from several thousand government and business leaders, who attended the GHP luncheon that featured Governor Perry. He's traveling across the Lone Star to brag about what makes people want to move to Texas.

"We dedicated ourselves to cultivating a workforce that stands ready to fill any need that an employer could have, from the assembly line to a sales office, to the laboratory. And it's been that combination of attracting employers from all across the country and the world, that has made Texas such a successful location."

The governor told the crowd that he wants lawmakers to provide tax relief and allow the state to give money directly back to taxpayers that's growing exponentially in population.

"... after we have funded our services and we've met the needs of an over-expanding population, I think providing tax relief of at least $1.8 billion is a good place to start over the course of the next two years."

He urges Texans to go to Gov.Texas.Gov, to let him know where best to apply tax relief in the state of Texas.

"We are a testament to the power of freedom, to the entrepreneurial spirit unleashed from government interference.

We believe these ideals are sturdy enough and strong enough to advance any and all Texans, regardless of their race, their color, or their creed."

Reaction to the governor's speech was positive.

Male: "He has a clear vision for Texas, and any kind of tax break for the citizens is a great thing."

Female: "I love that he wants to put money back into transportation. Getting people around the infrastructure, I think that's what we need."

Male: "I thought he had a great speech, he's got a message for Texas and I'm glad that we're on the right track."

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Pat Hernandez

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...