Gov. Rick Perry calls for $1.8 billion in tax relief

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AUSTIN, TX – The state of the state of Texas is strong, so says Governor Rick Perry, and he wants to keep it that way.

During his ‘State of the State’ message at the state capitol, the governor said tax relief and improvements to the state`s infrastructure are important to keep Texas competitive. And he thinks tax relief is a good start.

‘I think providing tax relief of at least $1.8 billion over this biennium is a good place to start.’

Governor Perry also wants to pull out $3.7 billion from the rainy-day fund for a one-time investment in the state’s infrastructure.

‘When we’re trying to get businesses to move into the state, a chief concern of theirs is assuring there’s adequate water, there’s power and transportation systems for their needs.’

But not all good ideas come from Austin, as the governor pointed out.  That’s why he’s set up a website to get public input on what to cut out of the budget and how much should go back to taxpayers.

He also floated the idea of a constitutional amendment requiring tax refunds to the people who paid taxes, but that will take a two-thirds vote of lawmakers, and then approval by Texas voters.

But what may be the bigger news out of Austin is a poll by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling that shows Texas voters would rather Perry not run for another term.

The survey found Texans think the governor should ride off into the sunset, by a two-to-one margin, making him one of the most unpopular governors in the nation.

But, the same poll showed that Perry would defeat just about any candidate the Democrats threw at him. And that includes Houston mayor Annise Parker.

And as far as the governor making another run for the White House: forget about it!