Compromise rulings on the Perry-O-Meter

Fund state water plan

"On the water side, I sincerely believe that the 82nd Legislature must finally execute our state’s water plan to help meet a demand that is expected to grow 18 percent over the next 50 years as our population doubles. Some might call the current price tag steep, but we must invest soon to avoid a water crisis in the not too distant future."

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Create $100 million Texas-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math scholarship fund

"Create a $100 million T-STEM Challenge Scholarship for students at universities, community colleges and technical colleges pursuing degrees and certifications in the science, technology, engineering, math or medical fields."

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Make small business tax cut permanent

Make "permanent the recent tax cut extended to 40,000 small businesses in the last legislative session (under current law, the $1 million business margins tax exemption will expire in 2011)."

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Expand Texas Virtual School Network

"Secure $5 million to enhance Texas Virtual School Network so it serves more students and districts are encouraged to participate and contract with private course providers to expand course offerings."

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