Governor discusses education and property taxes at Annual Meeting

Annual meeting
Gov. Abbott focuses on education and property taxes

In one of the most successful and high profile annual meetings in recent memory, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed upcoming legislative and economic issues before more than 400 attendees at the Feb. 11 event. Watch the governor's speech. 

“An honor to be here in mighty Richardson, Texas, which is truly the epicenter of the most dynamic economic region in the entire United States of America,” Abbott told the crowd. “Richardson is driving the diversifying economy in Texas.”
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Abbott focused his remarks on the current Texas legislative session.

To continue economic growth in the state, “the most important thing for the future of Texas, one of the most important things to the future of the economic growth of Texas, is focusing on our students and our schools and improving our education system here in the Lone Star state.”

“I have declared that school finance reform and increasing teacher pay to be emergency items that must pass out of the session here in the next few months.”

“The strategy is very straight-forward,” he said. “We want to both recruit and retain the very brightest and best teachers we can and to pay those teachers more. We want to create a pathway where teachers truly can be on the pathway to earning a six-figure salary.”

Another emergency item, he said, is to reform property taxes in Texas.

“If we are going to keep Texas the economic engine of America, we must rein in a property tax system that punishes families and businesses and prevents younger Texans from achieving their dream of homeownership. We can no longer sit idly by while property owners are reduced to tenants of their own property with taxing authorities playing the role of landlord.”

A full recording of the governor’s speech is available here:

The event was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, with additional sponsors including VIP Reception sponsor Atmos Energy, and networking sponsors Digital Realty and DFW Technology.

Additional news coverage of the speech includes:
Dallas Morning News 
Community Impact Newspaper   

A transcript of the Governor’s State of the State address presented earlier this month is available here

Gov. Greg Abbott bio:

As the 48th Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family and freedom.

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, Texas again leads the nation in job creation as a record number of Texans are employed even as the state’s population continues its record growth.

Building on the four pillars of safety and security, education, economic advancement and the preservation
of liberty, he proudly signed legislation banning sanctuary cities, reforming the child protective system, investing in early and higher education, reining in regulatory regimes that strangle innovation, and ensuring that unborn children are treated with the basic dignity human life demands.

Prior to his election in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, he earned a national reputation for defending religious liberty and for protecting Texas communities and children. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.

A native Texan and avid sportsman, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.