By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
Keeping taxes down, businesses growing and Texans employed headlined Gov. Perry’s talk in Plano on Wednesday.
Gov. Perry, who reminded the audience that at one time he led the Republican presidential race, said, “People know this is the place to come find a job. People are moving to Texas because they know what’s going on here.”
As for leading the run for president, Perry said, “It was three of the most exhilarating hours of my life.”
Gov. Perry brought his Texas Budget Compact to the Plano Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon at Collin College. Before the luncheon on the Spring Creek campus, Perry met with business leaders during a roundtable discussion to hear their concerns on the economy.
Gov. Perry said, “It is imperative we remain committed to the sound conservative values that have brought us to where we are today.”
Perry said even though Texans all don’t ride horses to work or all have oil wells in their backyard that companies still want to move into the state. The quarterly luncheon was sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
Perry wants Texas to:
1. Practice truth in budgeting.
2. Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation.
3. Oppose any new taxes or tax increases, and make the small business tax exemption permanent.
4. Preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund.
5. Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies.
Former First Lady Laura Bush will be speaking at Earth Day Dallas on Saturday morning at Fair Park.
Another former Texas Governor, former President George W. Bush, will be the keynoter at the Mm Ee Ff 20th Anniversary Gala on April 21 at the Collin County Regional Airport. The event starts at 6 p.m. Reporter Steve Stoler will be the emcee when the former world leader addresses the McKinney Education Foundation event. Jon Christopher Davis and Lone Star Attitude will be performing, too.
AROUND THE COUNTY
Harry Whalen, who has nearly 40 years experience in bringing in business, has started in his new job as executive director of the Allen Economic Development Corp. He was previously with the Caldwell County, N.C., Economic Development Commission. Caldwell (www.caldwelledc.org) is northwest of Charlotte and northeast of Asheville.
Allen Economic Development Commission chair Tim Wood said, “We have grown into a desirable destination to relocate and have the infrastructure in place to accommodate a wide variety of developments.”
175 jobs going away: The May 2012 closing of McKinney’s Blockbuster distribution center, now owned by Dish Network, keeps getting closer. If you work there, please drop us a line or comment. If your business is hiring, please comment so that everyone knows where new jobs are. Here is the North Texas Job Bank http://northtexasjobs.jobamatic.com/ A good book idea on Kindle: “Who Moved my Cheese? http://amzn.com/B007C5V5CS
Richardson city secretary Pam Schmidt is retiring at the end of April. She said, “It has been a very gratifying experience to be able to work here in the city of Richardson. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work in this community, and with the many members of the city council and management team.”
Thomas Hall has been appointed as CEO of First Choice Emergency Room. He was chairman, CEO and president of NovaMed. Rick Covert, founder of First Choice Emergency Room, will be on the board of directors of the company. First Choice has locations at 2401 Preston Road in Plano and 211 East FM 544 in Murphy. Info: http://www.fcer.com/
Celina Chamber CEO/President Jeran Akers is on a leave of absence to run for state representative of Allen, Plano and Richardson in District 67. … The Celina Balloon Festival announced Oct. 26-27 as the 2012 dates. … The Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce has started accepting applications for its executive director position. The job is for 20 hours a week.
Photo of roundtable courtesy of Gov. Perry’s office.