Gov. Abbott addresses current status, future of Texas in State of the State address

Gov. Abbott addresses current status, future of Texas in State of the State address

AUSTIN, TX — Governor Greg Abbott updated Texans on the current status and future of Texas in his State of the State address Monday. "The state of our state is bringing with promise," the governor began his address. Abbott began by discussing the state’s economy. According to the governor, Texas has added new jobs for eight months in a row. In December, the state added 64,000 new jobs. "Normalcy is returning to Texas, but it has not been easy," said Abbott. Next the governor addressed education. "This [legislative] session, we must continue to fund education as we promised," he said. "Also, if we expect the next generation of Texans to keep Texas the best state in the nation, we must teach them why we are so exceptional. We must educate them what it means to be an American and what it means to be a Texan." Abbott said the state must "bolster civics education in our classrooms and ensure that every child learns the values of freedom, good governance, and patriotism." Next, the governor discussed the coronavirus pandemic. "The most pressing health priority is to help Texans recover from the pandemic," he said. The state is accelerating the COVID-19 vaccine process. "We will continue expanding vaccinations across Texas until every Texan who wants one will be able to get one," said Abbott. Along with physical health, the governor addressed mental health. At the start of the pandemic, state officials created a 24/7 mental health support line. Abbott said he […]

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