Monday, December 31, 2012

Cheers to a Prosperous 2013

We survived the Mayan apocalypse, crowded malls and fruit cake -- now it's time to get back to work and make 2013 count.

As a Texan, I'm excited about the new year. With a job market that is growing and low cost of living, Texas has never been a better place to live, work or raise a family. If you don't believe me, just ask the thousands of newcomers moving here from California and other states.

In 2013, it is imperative we continue supporting the policies of fiscal responsibility, fair regulations and low taxes that helped Texas weather the national economic downturn. As lawmakers across the state make their way to the Capitol for the upcoming legislative session, I pray they will lead with the wisdom and common sense that continues to keep Texas prosperous.

Despite all our good fortune, however, we still face many challenges. Texas has a serious water crisis, and the time is now for the private sector, municipalities, counties and the state to come together to develop long-term solutions to not only meet our water needs in 2013, but also for years to come. Last year, we were blessed to not repeat the treacherous drought of 2011, but more than 80 percent of our state still suffers from some degree of drought. Daily conservation needs to become a way of life for every Texan if we are to meet the demands of our growing state.

We also must continue to call on the federal government to secure the U.S./Mexico border. Our citizens can no longer tolerate the trespassing, intimidation and violence of Mexican drug cartels spilling over our porous border. I have heard the pleas of law enforcement and South Texans, and hopefully the federal government will finally heed the call.

No matter what 2013 has in store, Texans can overcome any challenge and turn opportunities into success. Welcome, 2013. We are ready!

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