Texas Gov. Rick Perry targets Calif. businesses

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking aim at California’s economic base.

Perry’s office released a 30-second radio ad today that will air on six stations in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego media markets, seeking to poach California businesses.

Rick Perry“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,” the ad says. “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.”

The one-week ad buy is paid for by TexasOne, a public-private partnership that markets Texas nationally and internationally, and coincides with a new “California regulates, Texas innovates” section on the website of the Texas Economic Development Division within Perry’s office.

A few facts in California’s favor:

It could be that businesses want to move to the Lone Star State so that they can pay their workers less. In a radio interview last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown noted Texas’ percentage of people working at or below the minimum wage is far larger than California’s.

Also, keep in mind that although California’s unemployment rate remains higher than Texas, California is outpacing Texas in job creation.

Finally, you might want to re-think Perry’s invitation if you, your child or anyone else you know is gay.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.