Texas Gov. Abbott talks about property taxes and border security at third term inauguration

During a year in which the state’s economy reached historic levels, Gov. Greg Abbott was sworn in Tuesday in front of a huge Texas flag as a sea of ​​supporters dressed in red, white and blue.

“Today we are meeting on the cusp of a legislative session that will transform the lives of Texans for generations,” Abbott said in his inaugural address from the steps of the Texas Capitol. “Together we will build Texas tomorrow, not just over the next four years, but over the next century.”

Besides former Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Abbott is only the second governor in Texas history to be elected to a third, four-year term.

“Our great economy has set another record. We now have the largest budget surplus in the history of our state, but make no mistake, this money does not belong to the government. It belongs to the taxpayers,” Abbott said, referring to the $32 billion budget surplus for the next Biennale.

The Governor will run with an expanded Republican majority in the Texas Senate and in the Texas House. The Republican Party’s control of both chambers means Abbott likely has the opportunity to implement some of his biggest proposals without running into hurdles.

In his inaugural address, Abbott pledged to push for the “largest” property tax cut in state history, which he campaigned in when he ran for office against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

He also promised to improve the state’s energy grid, school reform curriculum, improve school security, and raise penalties for criminals caught with guns or smuggling migrants who illegally crossed the border.

“With the Biden administration out of action, Texas is using every tool to protect our state,” Abbott said, referring to his Lone Star border operation.

Patrick sworn in for third term

Abbott’s priorities seem to have an important ally and supporter: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

The Republican was also sworn in Tuesday and will head the Texas Senate for a third term.

Patrick outlined a series of priorities for his room in his inaugural address, which closely resembled Abbott’s own goals.

“I give you my promise that I will tirelessly defend the liberty and liberty of Texas,” Patrick said. “I will be relentless in our fight for good over evil.”

Former state senator Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, praised Patrick for his work in passing the state’s anti-abortion bill.

“During his stay, he championed legislation to protect our freedom… and most fundamentally protects the lives of the unborn,” Lucio said in a speech introducing Patrick. “Under his leadership, Texas transformed a culture shadowed by death into a culture illuminated by light.”

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