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Proceedings from the Governor's Conference

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Governor Rick Perry

Governor Perry then addressed the meeting presenting his directions for the participants. He emphasized his pleasure at the recipients of the Texas Star Award and recognized the recipients when he inaugurated the award in November of 1999. Governor Perry stressed three key themes for all organizations to address: innovation, efficiency and effectiveness. He asked each to think very openly of what government, what their agency would look like if it had not boundaries. He advised that he wanted each organization to think in terms of what they would need to produce the idealized situation. He asked them to identify what rules, what statutes were barriers. He said that the Legislatureís accountability was an important function but that each agency must think first of what was their main function and then identify all barriers that existed that served to mitigate against or dilute that function. He advised the audience that the Governorís Offices would be working with each organization to enable them to more fully provide the functions that were their responsibility. Governor Perry said that while no one could foresee what the budgetary consequences of the economic slowdown of 2000 would be that we should use the 1980s as a caution. State government was not prepared to anticipate budgetary reductions during that decade and that made the effort more painful. He said that we should be wise this time and use the coming months to identify and husband available resources as well as be diligent in improving organizational creativity and efficiency.


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