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March 27, 2013

Dewhurst delivers Lincoln Day address

 

By BRIAN SMITH

Parker County residents “live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world” and need to continue to take advantage of it in the eyes of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Dewhurst’s remarks came during the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Parker County Republican Party  Saturday night. Dewhurst said Texas has gone from being a good state to a great state economically in the last 10 years and it has shown nationwide.

“In several economic and business categories we are number one in the nation,” Dewhurst said. “It’s harder to stay on top than it is to get there.”

USA Today says Texas has the strongest economy in the nation and has created more new jobs than the rest of the country combined in the last few years. Texas is also number one in the U.S. when it comes to exporting items, Dewhurst said.

“Thirteen hundred people are moving here or being born here every day,” Dewhurst said. “The population of Texas is expected to grow from 26 million to 52 million over the next 40 to 50 years.”

With those increases come the need to double such vital programs as infrastructure, water, highways and classrooms. If state leaders continue to stay the course and practice conservative principles, Texas will remain fiscally conservative and solvent, Dewhurst said.

Some of the ways Dewhurst proposed to keep the state on top include getting state government out of the way of business, which is the opposite of what the federal government is doing in Washington. Dewhurst said, adding more and more liberties are being “trampled on” by the Obama Administration.

Dewhurst contends if Texas can have a balanced budget, which it has for the last several legislative sessions, so can the nation. To ensure Texas continues to stay on top, Dewhurst is supporting a constitutional amendment which will allow for budgetary increases only at the rate of inflation plus population growth.

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