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Governor Greg Abbott lays out priorities in inaugural address

This week Gov. Greg Abbott was sworn in for his third term in the state’s highest office, making him the second longest-serving governor of Texas behind Rick Perry.

James Barragan, political reporter for The Texas Tribune, said Abbott was joined by Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, also sworn in for a third term, on the south steps of the State Capitol.

They talked about priorities like property tax exemptions – we know that’s a big deal. This has been a major milestone for state leaders over the years,” Barragan said. “And border security. But also new ones, such as parental rights in education and public safety in the context of things like protecting schools from mass shootings.

Barragan said other priorities noted by Patrick were specific property tax exemption proposals that he would like to see, such as a $70,000 tax exemption. The current estate tax exemption is $40,000.

For more on the week’s politics in Texas, including the state budget surplus and an update on last year’s FBI raid on Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office, listen to the audio player above.

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