Perry Talks Water, Tax Relief in State of the State

Twelve years after first becoming governor and one year after a failed bid for president, Rick Perry delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday that was long on large-scale spending proposals and short on red meat for his conservative base.

“Our bank balance is healthy. Our economy is growing. Our future is limitless,” Perry told a joint session of the Legislature from the floor of the Texas House.

Over 35 minutes, Perry laid out an ambitious agenda for the remaining four months of the legislative session. He avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused ...

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