Governor Greg Abbott visits Central Texas - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Governor Greg Abbott visits Central Texas

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The Waco Chamber hosted the State of the State Luncheon and Governor Greg Abbott spoke at the event. 

Business leaders, politicians, and educators all came together at the luncheon. The governor answered a series of questions during the event. 

The governor spoke about topics ranging from education, to unemployment, to infrastructure. 

According to Abbott, the state is about to make some big changes to roadways in Texas. 

"An all-time record -- completely unprecedented amount is going to be devoted to building our transportation infrastructure in the state of Texas," Abbott said. "And get this -- it is 70 and that's 7-0 billion dollars over the next decade."

Abbott also said Texas is the best state to live for some minorities looking for jobs. 

"The most recent data, that is the first quarter for 2016 – unemployment for African Americans is lower in Texas than any state in the united states," he said. "For Hispanics it's the third lowest, close to being number two," he added. 

The governor also said Texas is in second place across the country for the number of women in business.

"I’m proud to tell you that Texas ranks number two in America in women owned businesses," Abbott said. "Sixty percent of the growth we are seeing in women owned businesses, are by businesses that are owned by women who are  African-Americans, Hispanic, or Asian."

Abbott stuck around for a few minutes after the question and answer session to take pictures with people who attended the luncheon. 

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