State Your Case: Abbott Outlines 5 Emergencies for Texas Lawmakers

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AUSTIN--Not even a month into his reign as governor, Greg Abbott delivered a status report to lawmakers.

Gov. Greg Abbott's first State of the State address sounded like a State of Emergencies.  He outlined 5 emergency issues as priorities for legislators.

Gov. Greg Abbott's first State of the State address sounded like a State of Emergencies. He outlined 5 emergency issues as priorities for legislators.

"The state of Texas is strong," Abbott said.

But the "State of the State" sounded more like a "State of Emergencies."

The gov named 5 emergencies for lawmakers to deal with.

Emergency #1 Early Education

Gov. Abbott wants more pre-K programs and higher standards for elementary students.

"Our goal should be to ensure that all students in Texas are performing at grade level in reading and math by the time they finish the third grade," Abbott said.

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his top legislative priorities for 2015.

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his top legislative priorities for 2015.

Emergency #2 Research
Abbott also wants to increase research at Texas universities.

Emergency #3 Roads
Tired of crummy roads? The gov is, too.

"A guy in a wheelchair can go faster than some of our traffic stuck on some of our congested roads," Abbott said to applause, echoing a campaign ad that featured Abbott in his wheelchair traveling alongside stationary cars.

He wants $4 billion bucks a year to build roads.

Emergency #4 Border Security
And just hours after a federal judge blocked President Obama's immigration order, Abbott's calling for more cops and more tech on the border.

Emergency #5 Ethics Reform
He also wants ethics reform for state government. Hey, *that's* never a bad idea, right?

"We will succeed," Abbott said, wrapping up his first State of the State address. "And we will keep Texas the beacon state in the United States of America"

You're sure to hear a lot about The Big Five for the next three months, while lawmakers are in session.