‘Texas never better’ says governor

Staff Writer

AUSTIN — Texas has never had a stronger economy or a brighter future, Governor Greg Abbott said before a joint session of the Legislature in his biennial State of the State address on Tuesday.
“When you combine our legislative accomplishments with our record-breaking prosperity, you have elevated Texas to rarified status,” he told the assembled lawmakers. “I am proud to tell you that the state of Texas has never been better.”
Abbott also named a number of items as emergencies, allowing lawmakers to begin work on them immediately, before the constitutional 60-day prohibition on legislation expires. In all he picked six topics: education reform, teacher pay, school safety, property tax reform, mental health services and disaster response...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.