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 Together, we can make Texas a beacon state:*

  • A state where our children receive an excellent education so they have the knowledge and skills for the 21st century;
  • A state where people feel safe in their communities, have access to equal justice, and all people know the consequences of committing a crime are swift and sure;
  • A state where our institutions encourage jobs and economic opportunity;
  • A state where each resident accepts responsibility for his or her behavior; and
  • A state where our people - our greatest resource - are free to achieve their highest potential.

I envision a state where it continues to be true that what Texans can dream, Texans can do.

The Mission of Texas State Government *

To support and promote individual and community efforts to achieve and sustain social and economic prosperity for its citizens.

The Philosophy of Texas State Government *

  • State government will be ethical, accountable, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Texas well.
  • State government will operate efficiently and spend the public's money wisely.
  • State government will be based on four core principals that will guide decision-making processes.
  • Government cannot solve every problem or meet every need.
  • State government should do a few things and do them well.
Limited and Efficient Government

Government cannot solve every problem or meet every need.
State government should do a few things and do them well.

Local Control The best form of government is one that is closest to the people. State government should respect the right and ability of local communities to resolve issues that affect them. The state must avoid imposing unfunded mandates.
Personal Responsibility

It is up to each individual, not government, to make responsible decisions about his or her life. Personal responsibility is the key to a more decent and just society. State employees, too, must be accountable for their actions.

Support for Strong Families

The family is the backbone of society and, accordingly, state government must pursue policies that nurture and strengthen Texas families.


Texas state government should serve the needs of our state but also be mindful of those who pay the bills. By providing the best service at the lowest cost and working in concert with other partners, state government can effectively direct the public's resources to create a positive impact on the lives of individual Texans. The people of Texas expect the best, and state government must give it to them.

* From Vision Texas: The Statewide Strategic Planning Elements for Texas State Government, February 2000, developed by Governor George W. Bush and the Texas Legislative Budget Board.