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Texas Governor Releases Report On First Year In Office

Abbott says despite the drop in oil prices, jobs growth remains strong in Texas.

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UPDATE: The report gives an overview of the Texas economy, as well as Governor Abbott's legislative goals and accomplishments. The recent drop in oil prices has led to thousands of layoffs, and some small towns have been especially hard hit. But Abbott says job growth remains strong in Texas.

John Wittman is with the governor's office.

"Apple, Oracle, Google, Microsoft, have all been expanding in the state of Texas," Whitman says. "So like I said, despite the downturn in oil, Texas continues to thrive economically and that's really due to diversification of our economy."

The report also touts the state's efforts to ramp up border security and the growing population. Abbott notes that to deal with that influx, he's committed $4 billion for roads without raising tolls, fees or taxes.

"The governor tasked TXDOT, the Texas Department of Transportation, with relieving congestion immediately in some of the highest congestion areas," Whitman says. "And so you'll see that over the next year, about a billion dollars get pumped into that almost immediately to start building projects and getting Texas moving."

But some analysts say the state would need to spend about $5 billion each year just to keep the current level of traffic congestion from getting worse.

Looking ahead, the governor says he'll urge legislators to authorize Texas to call for a convention of states. Abbott is proposing nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution aimed at strengthening states' rights.

He also released this video.

PREVIOUSLY: Texas Governor Greg Abbott today released his first Report to the People of Texas, taking a look back at his first year in office.

Abbott says despite the drop in oil prices, jobs growth remains strong in Texas.

He also touted the state's population growth and efforts to ramp up border security.

Looking ahead, the governor says he'll urge legislators to authorize Texas to call for a convention of states. Abbott is proposing nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution aimed at strengthening states' rights.

Here’s the report:

 

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