Texas Gov. Rick Perry told small business leaders recently that he was committed to strengthening the state's competitive jobs climate.

Perry spoke at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legislative Discussion in Austin and praised the small business community and lawmakers for building a strong economy in Texas.

"Texas is doing its part to build a strong America by creating a climate where an employer has the opportunity to thrive and be competitive on a global scale," Perry said. "Thanks to the hard work, innovative spirit and dedication of Texas entrepreneurs, and the discipline of state leadership in Austin, our economy is growing, our future is limitless and our jobs-friendly climate provides a solid foundation for companies to build upon."

The governor said he will strengthen the state's economic environment by committing to low taxes, reasonable regulations, fair courts and a capable workforce. He also discussed the principles of the Texas Budget Compact, which includes creating a stronger constitutional limit on spending growth, opposing new taxes or tax increases, making tax exemptions for small businesses permanent, ending duplicative programs and preserving the Rainy Day Fund.

NFIB is the nonprofit, nonpartisan small business association representing small and independent businesses. Its mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed.


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