Perry's State of the State

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Rick Perry will deliver his State of the State speech to the Legislature tomorrow.

The Republican governor has increasingly used the speech he gives to lawmakers every two years to set forth his agenda for the regular legislative session -- and to champion pet causes.

The Legislature's response has been mixed.

Tomorrow, he's likely to propose getting more Texans on health insurance, securing the state's border with Mexico and much more.

Lawmakers enacted about half of the wish list Perry laid out in his 2005 speech -- his most jam-packed so far -- according to a review by The Associated Press. And in 2001 and 2003, lawmakers embraced some, but not all, of his ideas for education, transportation, border programs, the state budget and other issues.

This year the stakes may be higher than usual, given Perry's status as a potential vice presidential nominee in 2008.

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