Governor Rick Perry has gone courting. The Texas leader is spending four days in California to recruit companies to relocate to the Lone Star State. Governor Perry is using the business-friendly environment in the state as his calling card.
Rick Perry ran radio advertisements in multiple California cities noting the low taxes in Texas prior to his visit. The Texas governor is exhibiting the same determination as a college football coach in search of a new quarterback.
During his visit to California, Perry has visited bio-tech, high-tech, and film industry officials. His four-day business recruiting tour includes the Los Angeles and Orange County area, My Fox LA notes. On Sunday the Texas governor visited the Silicon Valley and San Francisco, ABC News reports.
At least four major California companies have already begun creating new jobs in Texas. The poached businesses include eBay, Facebook, Chevron, and Apple. Some California lawmakers have stated that Perry’s visit highlight how vulnerable companies are to relocation invitations.
An excerpt from Rick Perry’s California radio ads reads:
“Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible. This is Texas Governor 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 Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom stated that Rick Perry is getting exactly what he wanted – a lot of press coverage for his business recruiting efforts. Newsom also noted that Perry is “in the game” and is getting into the heads of California leaders.
If you owned a California business, would you take Governor Rick Perry up on his offer of Texas hospitality?