Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
Freedom is the intangible but very real promise of Texas that encourages businesses to grow in the Lone Star State.
It's no surprise Texas is again ranked the best state for business—for the 11th year in a row—according to Chief Executive's survey of the nation's top CEOs.
Businesses succeed in Texas because we've built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish. Less government, lower taxes, smarter regulations and right-to-work laws—these are the pro-growth economic policies attracting employers to Texas from states that overtax and over-regulate.
That framework also means innovation thrives here. More Texas entrepreneurs are willing to risk their hard-earned capital in new businesses and new jobs.
But a framework is only as solid as the foundation on which it is built. Here in Texas, ours is built on bedrock: Our greatest natural resource is the people of Texas.
Hardworking Texans have forged a strong and diversified economy, growing more jobs in Texas last year than any year in the history of our state.