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A Report to the
Citizens of Texas

Sept. 1, 2008 – Aug. 31, 2009 

State Performance Measures

The following performance measures show Texas’ achievements in education, transportation and public health and safety – all key government services influencing and affecting residents’ quality of life.

Selected Performance Measures
Education Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2009
Percent of Students Completing High School 88.6% 89.5%
Percent of Students Passing All Tests Taken 69.25% 72.02%
Natural Resources Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2009
Percent of Private Land Acreage in Texas Managed to Enhance Wildlife 15.04% 15.72%
Number of Grant Assisted Projects Completed
Note: Grant assisted projects are local park acquisition, development, or construction projects that receive a state or federal matching grant.
39% 31%
Public Safety Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2009
Number of crimes committed per 100,000 population (Index Crime Rate) 4,631 4,495
Number of Emergency Incidents Coordinated 6,206 5,783
Public Health Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2009
Prevalence of Tobacco Use among Middle & High School Youth in Target Areas of Texas 24.5% 23.7%
Number of Women and Children Served (Family Violence Services) 74,801 77,739
Transportation Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2009
Dollar Volume of Construction Contracts Awarded $2,773,640,000 $2,681,390,000
Number of Construction Projects Awarded 657 677

Source: Legislative Budget Board

Texas Leads the Way

The saying that everything is bigger in Texas rings true in a host of areas. The state continually ranks as a leader among states for its energy production, exports and cutting-edge research and technology. For example, the Lone Star State:

leads… the nation in renewable energy potential. Texas represents nearly 30 percent of wind generation capacity and 27 percent of net wind energy in the nation.

leads… the U.S. in exports for eight years running. According to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER), Texas exported $163 billion worth of goods from January to December 2009; California was a distant second among states, with $120.1 billion in exports.

hosts… more than 1,000 traditional biotechnology companies, biomedical research concerns, business and government consortia, medical manufacturing companies, and world-class universities and research facilities. These institutions and facilities employ more than 33,500 workers.

ranks… as the state with the lowest cost of living among the 10 largest states. It also had the fifth-lowest cost of living among all U.S. states in the third quarter of 2009, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

generates… $9 billion in federal tax revenues each year through Texas ports. The Port of Houston is the Gulf Coast’s largest container port. Texas ports provide 1 million jobs and more than $30 billion in personal income to Texans.

Sources: Odessa American, World Institute for Strategic Economic Research, Office of the Governor, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Texas Ports Association

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