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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Governor Rick Perry on Limiting Spending, School Choice, and Medicaid


Governor Rick Perry spoke to Texas Bloggers tonight thanks to Americans for Prosperity -- Texas.  The Governor had about ten minutes of opening remarks then took questions for 25 minutes.  The following are from my notes:
  • Conservative fiscal policies have "consistently paid dividends" through good times and bad.
  • While the Legislature is in town: "everyone wants a piece of the money."
  • The basics: Keep spending and taxes low, predictable regulatory climate, fair court system.
  • Not only should Texas hold the line on taxes, we should lower the tax burden.
  • Texas has the third highest High School graduation rates in the U.S. today.
  • Different children learn with different goals in mind.
  • Allow education dollars to follow the Child.
  • Medicaid:
    • We could have a healthier population for less money but Washington refuses to allow us to spend our own money how we see fit.
    • Washington is going to run out of money in 3-4 years, at which point the states will be on the hook for the full cost; that's when they're going to start pushing single-payer.
  • Texas Budget Compact:
    • We began the process early so the idea could be distilled properly.
    • The Legislature "will vote on this."
    • Straus will "allow the will of the House to prevail."
  • Other than that, the Governor also discussed various ideas for tax relief; while the Governor hasn't committed to any particular idea, he did promote this website for any Texans who want to make suggestions as to what form tax relief should take.
Update: Pondering Penguin has more here.

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