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Governor Perry highlights job growth during stop in Waco

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Governor Rick Perry touted Texas' strong economic growth during a State of the State speech he delivered Tuesday afternoon at the Waco Convention Center.

Perry credited local legislators, businesses and universities he said helped create a strong economic climate that's drawn business and jobs to Texas.  The Governor spoke to a crowd of more than 500 at the Waco Convention Center on Washington Ave. The Greater Waco Chamber hosted the "State of the State Luncheon." 

The Governor told the crowd he believed Texas was "fundamentally and consistently strong." Although he spoke broadly about job growth statewide, Perry suggested Central Texas played a key role in the growth.

He pointed to the success of L3 Communications, one of Waco's largest employers. He also praised Baylor University, Texas State Technical College and McLennan County Community College. Perry said such technical institutions help Texas lead the nation in terms of job growth.

"The Governor was very much talking our language and we were very grateful for his being here and him saying such good things about Baylor as well as our sister institutions of MCC and TSTC," said Baylor President, Ken Starr.

Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson and Senator Brian Birdwell shared the governor's positive outlook on Texas headed into the 83rd Legislative Session.

"He's one of the few governors who can stand up and be so positive speaking of things that he spoke of [like] the growth of Texas, said Anderson. "It's true. People are coming to Texas from all over," he added.

Senator Birdwell also spoke of the opportunities he said make Texas appealing to businesses. "Texas has created an environment," explained Birdwell, "come to Texas and be successful and we're not going to punish you for it."

Governor Perry also spoke about his goals for the next legislative session. He told the crowd he would oppose any kind of new taxes or tax increases.  Perry said he was eager to get back to work in the state capitol. The 83rd legislative session starts Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

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