Texas Governor Rick Perry gave the State of the State address on Tuesday.
This was his seventh State of the State address.
In his speech, Perry referred to Texas as a "strong" state as it stands now and outlined his plans for the future, asking lawmakers to provide at least $1.8 billion in tax relief and to pass a constitutional amendment to allow the state to give money directly back to taxpayers.
The Governor also focused on infrastructure and education.
"Texas is not merely strong, but exceptional. We are a testament to the power of freedom, to the entrepreneurial spirit unleashed from government interference," said Gov. Perry in closing. "We believe these ideals are sturdy enough and strong enough to advance any and all Texans regardless of race, color or creed. We embrace a can do culture for every citizen willing to work hard and pursue a dream. Those ideals propel us forward as we stand as a national example that hard work can breed success regardless of ones station in life, that freedom is the best antidote to poverty, and that each individual deserves to inherit a state of equality and opportunity."
Perry also released his proposed state budget for the 2014-15 biennium.
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