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Government/Politics

Abbott Outlines Agenda With Eye On Education, Roads And The Border

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Ryan E. Poppe
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Going into the 2015 session, Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott announced his legislative priorities from the state Capitol.  And in keeping with promises made on the campaign trail, he promised to bring a new standard to Texas’ Pre-K program, which is connected to the state’s Kindergarten through 3rd grade program. “I want to ensure all children finish the 3rd grade reading and doing math on grade-level,” stated Abbott, emphatically.

He said his agenda called on the legislature to make access to Higher Education more affordable for all students. The Governor-elect said he also has a solution for border security and for fixing Texas roads. “I’ve outlined a detailed plan that will ensure that we add $4 billion more per year, for building roads in this state, without raising taxes, fees or tolls.  If we hope to be able to continue to expand economic opportunity in the state, we must build the infrastructure that will help that economic development,” he added.

Abbott said he wants to usher in a system of economic development by reducing or eliminating some taxes on business owners. He will also look at restraining the growth of the state government, by allowing private companies to assume some of the responsibilities that currently fall under various state agencies.