Those who follow the Legislature closely always pay attention to the State of the State Address given by the governor.
A few years ago, for instance, community college educators perked up when Gov. Perry mentioned that their institutions should pay "their share" of health benefits for employees, affirming his belief in proportionality, as it is called. (Gov. Perry also vetoed such funds after one Session, only to have them restored subsequently by the House and Senate. In 2011, the Legislature enacted de facto proportionality for health benefits AND retirement benefits. That's where we stand at the moment.)
Gov. Perry this week did not drop any bombshells. He did mention the celebrated $10,000 college degree (here's an article by Reeve Hamilton in the Texas Tribune). It's a tough price tag, but can happen, with the help of dual credit, two-year schools, and the right majors at the right universities.
He reiterated his belief in tax relief and restrictions on spending. Here's an article by Peggy Fikac in the Houston Chronicle. Texas is already at or near the bottom in per capita state taxation and spending—which explains partially why local property taxes and tuition keep going up.
Speaker of the House Joe Straus reportedly has a different perspective on tax cuts and spending. Here's a recent article by the Associated Press.
The governor, as always, touted the economic strength of Texas. But much of the surge is due to the current boom in the energy industry. Some commentators have surmised that, if you hypothetically take fossil fuels and the military out of the equation, you've got a big Mississippi, economically speaking.
Paul Burka of Texas Monthly thinks Gov. Perry is finally finished. Here's his take.