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Texas Governor Abbott Delivers State Of The State Address In Houston

It was his first major speech outside Austin since being sworn in as the state’s 49th chief executive.

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Governor Greg Abbott gives his State o the State address for the Greater Houston Partnership. Photo by Richard Carson

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott came to Houston Thursday to deliver his State of the State address. It was his first major speech outside Austin since being sworn in as the state’s 49th chief executive.

Abbott told a packed house of government and business leaders at the Westin Galleria Hotel that the state of Texas is strong, and hopes to make it even stronger during the upcoming legislative session. He credits the state’s economic success to the diversity of its population.

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“There’s a reason why Texas is leading the nation, and it’s because of our greatest natural resource. And of course, that natural resource is not oil and gas. Our greatest natural resource is the people of the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott outlined a list of priorities, what he calls emergency legislative items. He said his investment in things that will keep Texas ahead include:

“The need for better schools. The need for more roads. The need for border security, the need for more jobs. They want less government and lower taxes, and they deserve ethics reforms.”

Governor Abbott said our lives are defined by the challenges we face, and how we respond to them.

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