Texas Gov. Rick Perry has opened a new front in a battle-of-words between the two most-populous states in the country.
In a new radio ad, the Republican governor urges California businesses to relocate to Texas to avoid high tax rates and regulations. The ad will air in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Inland Empire and San Diego.
“Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible,” Perry says in the ad. “This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: come check out Texas. There are plenty of reasons Texas has been named the best state for doing business for eight years running. Visit texaswideopenforbusiness.com, and see why our low taxes, sensible regulations and fair legal system are just the thing to get your business moving to Texas.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, doubted “a few tricks” from politicians like Perry would convince businesses to leave the Golden State.
“People invest their money where these big things have occurred. The ideas, the structures, the climate, the opportunity is right here on the Pacific Rim,” Brown said.
Brown chided Texas last month for having a high percentage of workers earning minimum wage.
Economists have noted that Texas and California offer different benefits for businesses. While Texas has no state income tax and fewer regulations, California offers a well-educated workforce and greater access to venture capital. Both states are leading the country in job creation.
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