Today: Texas State of the State Address

Texas Governor Rick Perry will deliver his State of the State Address today at 11:00 AM to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate to “outline the vision, goals and challenges of the 82nd Legislative Session.”

You can watch the address live online through the Governor’s website.

Expect Governor Perry to sound an optimistic tone while acknowledging the budget shortfall the state is facing.  You might find some of his talking points in his speech in some of the bragging rights the State of Texas has chalked up during Perry’s term listed below the jump.

  • For Sheer Economic Promise, No Place Beats Texas Newsweek ranked four Texas cities in its list of 10 cities best situated for economic recovery, describing Texas as “the No. 1 destination for job-seeking Americans, thanks to a hearty energy sector and a strong spirit of entrepreneurism.” (November 8, 2010)   Find Out More
  • Analyst Meredith Whitney ranks Texas best in nation in economic health Meredith Whitney, a noted analyst who had accurately predicted the national banking crisis, listed Texas as the national leader in state financial health in a report issued about the perilous condition of most state governments. Of the 15 largest states, only Texas and Virginia earned overall positive rankings. (September 29, 2010)    Find Out More »
  • Texas Universities are Doing Something Right In The Austin American Statesman, university system chancellors Kent Hance, Francisco G. Cigarroa and Mike McKinney discuss the benefits and accomplishments of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in Texas Universities. (September 27, 2010)   Find Out More »
  • Who Will Lead The Recovery? Start With Texas Although the economy has slowed in recent months, the prospects for a robust recovery are still looking up for the Lone Star State. Texas gained 14,000 jobs in June even as employment fell in 27 other states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That brought Texas’s total for the first half of 2010 to 178,700 — more than twice that of any other state. In ‘The Next Economy,’ a special joint effort by the National Journal and the Atlantic, Texas earned special praise for its economic strength. (September 13, 2010)   Find Out More »
  • Fortune: 4 reasons why Texas beats California in a recession Fortune Magazine has published an article listing several reasons why Texas beat California in the recession. The article credited some of Texas’ success to low taxes, a diverse job industry, and business-friendly climate. (July 14, 2010)   Find Out More »
  • USA TODAY: Texas booms despite recession The national recession can’t stop Texas cities from growing. Four of the 10 fastest gainers — including No. 1 Frisco — are in the Lone Star State, according to Census population estimates out Tuesday. USA Today (June 23, 2010)   Find Out More
  • Texas Named One of Best States for Small Business and Entrepreneurship The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has ranked Texas as one of the best states for small business and entrepreneurs in their Business Tax Index 2010: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business report. Texas is ranked second in the index based on the cost of the state tax system on small businesses. (April 30, 2010)   Find Out More
  • Forbes: If one state is a poster child for economic recovery, it’s Texas Forbes has ranked Austin as the city best surviving the recession. Austin tied with Washington, DC for the number one slot. Four Texas cities made the top 10, including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Forbes looked at unemployment, rate of job growth and projections, home prices and cost of goods and services. (March 08, 2010 Forbes)   Find Out More »
  • Texas only state to meet all college and career readiness measures according to Achieve In a report called Closing the Expectations Gap, Achieve said “Texas has the most comprehensive approach to college and career ready accountability.” (March 01, 2010 Achieve)   Find Out More »
  • Texas Ranks Among Lowest for Debt Burden – Forbes Forbes has ranked Texas as having one of the lowest debt burdens in the country compared to the other 49 states. Texas ranked fourth overall behind Utah, New Hampshire and Nebraska, and was the best among the large states. (January 25, 2010 Forbes)    Find Out More »
  • Allied Van Lines Announces 42nd Annual Magnet States Report- Texas takes No. 1 destination spot in U.S. for fifth year in a row For the fifth year in a row, Texas outshined every other state and took the lead as the No. 1 destination state in 2009 based on Allied’s report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns. (January 12, 2010 Allied Van Lines’)   Find Out More »
  • Don’t mess with Texas: More Americans moving in – CNNMoney.com Americans, it seems, still have a love affair with the West. Texas and Wyoming were the big winners in the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates, which were released on Wednesday. (December 23, 2009 CNNMoney.com)   Find Out More »
  • California Should Copy Texas – Investor’s Business Daily California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don’t mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. (December 08, 2009 Investor’s Business Daily)   Find Out More »
  • Texas Ranked as a Top State for Entrepreneurs – SBEC The Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC) has ranked Texas in the top three states for small business and entrepreneurship in their Small Business Survival Index 2009: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation. The index includes comparisons of state competitiveness based on factors including regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care and energy costs. (December 03, 2009 Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC))   Find Out More »
  • Trends Magazine- America’s Future: California vs. Texas Texas created 70 percent of all the new jobs in the United States in 2008, and it has a budget surplus. No wonder it’s the fastest-growing state in America, with 150,000 new residents arriving each year. Houston promises to become the nation’s third-largest city in the near future, edging out Chicago for that spot. And 3 of the 10 largest cities in the United States are already in Texas – Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. (October 29, 2010 Trends)   Find Out More
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