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Texas Gov. Rick Perry targets Calif. businesses

By Josh Richman
Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm in Jerry Brown.

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, 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.

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  • RR Senile Columnist

    A gay acquaintance suggests Austin is a suitable place to live. Gulf towns, not so much.

  • JohnW

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time on business in Austin, DFW and Houston. Austin is great. DFW is okay but boring. Houston sucks. East Texas is Louisiana. West Texas is Armadillos. Larry Ellison is unlikely to move Oracle HQ from Redwood City to Texas. I don’t think you could do the America’s Cup races on Lake Travis outside Austin. But that won’t stop the companies like Oracle and Apple from establishing operational facilities outside California.