AUSTIN, Texas —
Perry called on the new state Legislature "to find ways to improve our state's infrastructure. The water, energy, surface transportation.
"All of those are so important to the state," he said. "We're growing, as people are relocating from other states where they over-tax and over-regulate and over-litigate to be part of this great experience in Texas."
The governor also said Texas should become a leader in offering affordable college and technical training for future employees.
"But we can have the best workforce, we can have the best infrastructure," he said. "But if the economic climate is not appropriate, if it is too restrictive to the point that businesses feel they can't succeed, then it doesn't matter."
Republicans have majorities in both the state House and Senate, and dozens of conservative lawmakers have registered to be a part of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's three-day conference.
Addressing the conference Thursday night are Texas' U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, a rising tea party star.
Cornyn authored an article Thursday detailing why he won't support President Barack Obama's nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary.
Cruz, meanwhile, promises to repel efforts to expand federal gun-control laws — and even has accused supporters of such measures of exploiting the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.