Texas Governor works to lure California businesses

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 5:46pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry has three words of advice for California businesses: Move to Texas.

Perry has launched a high-profile battle for California companies, running radio ads in California touting the Lone Star State's low taxes and favorable business climate. The ads will be heard in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire area east of Los Angeles.

"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible. This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: Come check out Texas," starts the 30-second spot.

Perry notes that his state has won the Best State for Business title from Chief Executive magazine for eight years running. He noted that the cost of doing business in California is 6.3% above the national average and Texas' is 4.6% below it.

This is not the first time Texas has looked to raid California for businesses. The governor has made several scouting trips and has written letters to California companies in the past. Several states have courted Golden State companies in recent years, particularly during California's budget turmoil.

But Perry sees a new opening with California's recent tax hikes, which he says "increases California's already excessive income and sales tax." He pointed out that Texas has no state income tax and a low business tax cut.

Perry even reminded golfer Phil Mickelson, who recently complained about taxes in California, about that fact. "Hey Phil....Texas is home to liberty and low taxes...we would love to have you as well !!" Perry tweeted last month.

A spokesman for California Governor Jerry Brown did not immediately return a request for comment.
 

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