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7 Takeaways from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Inaugural Address

Austin and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday laid out the agenda for his third term as governor.

His proposals – with few details – are consistent with the conservative themes he touted throughout his term as governor.

Abbott is expected to submit more detailed proposals next month at his state address.

Here are some of the takeaways from his speech.

On the campaign trail, Abbott promised voters that he would cut property taxes, bringing relief to residents as valuations that determine the value of homes continue to skyrocket across the state.

Abbott says he wants the biggest property tax increase in Texas history. He proposed using part of the state’s nearly $33 billion surplus to provide tax breaks to residents.

“Our great economy has set another record. We now have the largest budget surplus in the history of our state,” he said. “But make no mistake, this money does not belong to the government. It belongs to the taxpayers.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is promising the largest property tax cut in state history.

Republicans across the country are hard at work on what they say is the need for more parental involvement in their children’s education and opposition to curricula that are “indoctrinated” into students.

On Tuesday, Abbott repeated these theses.

“We need to keep this in mind, our schools are for teaching, not educating,” he said. “We must reform the curriculum to bring children back to the basics of learning and provide parents with the tools to challenge this curriculum when it falls short of expectations. No one knows what is better for a child’s education than his parents.”

Abbott added that “parents deserve the freedom to choose the education that is best for their child.” But he didn’t specify what the school selection plan would look like.

In the first legislative session since the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May, Abbott called for safer schools, including mental health services for students.

“Safety is one of the most important things in our schools,” Abbott said. “We must prioritize the protection of students and staff. We must provide mental health services to students who need them. Parents need to know their kids are safe when they give them a lift every morning,” he said. “We will not end this session without making our schools safer.”

As in previous inaugural addresses, Abbott touted the glory of the Texas economy, pointing out that people were moving to the state from all over the country. The more people, the greater the need to improve the state’s transportation, water, and energy systems.

According to him, by 2050 the population of the state can grow from 30 to 50 million inhabitants.

“To ensure that our rapidly growing state can meet the needs of our future, we must work this session to strengthen our infrastructure, including the roads we drive, the water we use at home and in the fields, and the ports we We use to ship products around the world,” said Abbott.

As with other topics, Abbott acknowledged lawmakers’ work to bolster the state’s power grid in the aftermath of a 2021 winter storm that left millions of Texans without power and water. He promised to do more, but did not provide specifics.

“Since our bipartisan reforms, not a single Texan has lost electricity because of our grid,” he said. “We all know that demand for electricity will increase as Texas continues to grow. In this way, we will build a network that will power our state not only for the next four years, but also for the next 40 years,” he said.

Abbott has criticized President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, promised to build a wall on the Texas border, and continued to have a multibillion-dollar police presence along the Mexican border.

He vowed to continue fighting fentanyl.

“One of the worst consequences of Biden’s open border policy is the lethal fentanyl pouring across the border,” he said, adding that “our job is to offer solutions to our fellow Texans. That is what we will do.”

Abbott said he would fight against the “easy bail” policy that puts criminals back on the streets. Republican lawmakers have made the case of “rogue” district attorneys from urban areas the focus of the session.

“In this session, we must end the easy bail policy that allows dangerous criminals to return to our streets,” he said. “We must issue mandatory sentences to criminals caught with guns and to anyone caught smuggling illegal immigrants.”

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