Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas
February 9th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
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Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hitting the road to drum up business.

But he isn't on a tour of the Lone Star State.

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Instead, Perry set off for California on Sunday, where he will spend four days trying to convince business leaders to move their operations from southern and central California to Texas.

He began his pitch earlier this month with a radio ad which has run on Golden State airwaves from Los Angeles to Sacramento.

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

Perry touts Texas’ tax policy, limited regulations on business and a legal system that includes tort restrictions. A website for the effort notes his state's recovery from the recession, job growth, low unemployment rate and low price for natural gas.

Texas also boasts a significantly lower cost of doing business, according to data compiled by Forbes, which showed California 6.3% above the national average and Texas 4.6% below it.

Officials with the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development pushed back on Perry's ad.

"I can understand why Rick Perry is interested in California. We were the national jobs leader for most of the last year with 257,000 new private sector jobs," said director Kish Rajan. "Real job creation comes from California's history as a national leader in startups and the expansion of homegrown businesses."

The trip will not be funded by taxpayers, but rather by a nonprofit Texas development organization called Texas Wide Open for Business.

-'s Tami Luhby contributed to this report

Filed under: California • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. keeth

    So, instead of bringing businesses back home from other countries, we're just going to steal jobs from each other.

    February 9, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. rs

    What a creepy guy. Doesn't it occur to his TP buddies that spending taxpayer dollars to galavant around the country- meddling in other states' business runs afoul of what the TP claims to stand for?

    February 9, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. dreamer96

    Ah yes California should go back and look at the ENRON energy crisis and remember the part Darrel Issa played attacking California Governor Gray Davis for pointing the media spotlight on ENRON..and Ken Lay...Bush's biggest campaign contributor..and a member of Bush's White House Energy Task Force....and Dick Cheney was appointed head of that Energy Task Force.....and has never shown the public or Congress his notes...

    Hmmm Bush formed that energy task force right after he entered the White House...Bush had deregulated the Texas energy industry and wanted to deregulate the whole country...claiming it would reduce rates...

    Ken Lay created the new branch of ENRON...the energy traders....and they worked with all the big Texas energy companies and bought up many electrical power companies and started shutting some down during peak electrical demand ENRON could maximize the profits......They managed to steal 64 billion from California alone....drove many California power companies into bankruptcy....and California Governor Gray Davis had to take out emergency loans to keep the lights on...but they still had rolling blackouts, brownouts, and high electricity rates.....ENRON wanted to take over all the power companies....and there was Darrel Issa and his new campaign manager...Bush former Florida man....Issa had a direct line to Bush and Cheney....and had many Ken Lay did too....and yet Gray Davis could not even get Bush or Cheney to talk to him.....hmmm....

    Texas has a big problem ...they have a state deficit bigger then California did....and this time they do not have a Federal Stimulus Bill and another 6.4 billion to pay it off.....

    February 9, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. BobInIrvine

    The only problem with Perry's pitch to Californians is that while taxes will be lower and businessmen won't have to fret over those pesky safe air and water regulations, every morning when you wake up you'll still be in Texas.

    No thank you.

    February 9, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    The problem with starting a business in Texas is that you have to live in Texas. And no one wants that.

    February 9, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Deport the bum to his own third world country of Texas. We should sell Texas to Mexico to reduce the defict that the gop bafoons are always crying about and include the gop bafoon Perry in the deal for free!!!!

    February 9, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Not gonna happen perry. No one in CA wants to live among people like perry and NO one wants to live in the sheety weather of Texass

    February 9, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Calf should ask the gop bafoon to self deport himself to his own third world country of Texas ,and we should consider selling Texas to Mexico to reduce the defict the gop is always crying about and to sweeten the deal we can throw in Perry and the hop bafoon party for free, all the hot girls can stay !!!!

    February 9, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Canuck

    Perry said there are three big reasons for businesses to move to Texas -the tax policy, limited regulations on business and, dang ....oops.....

    February 9, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Deport the gop bum!!!!

    February 9, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    I live in Texas and they can KEEP him as far as I'm concerned. And send Louie Gomhert and Ted Cruz along with him.

    February 9, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. jonaty

    Smart move... one's state loss of business through ridiculous taxes and over-regulation is another state's gain. Only red states now have a growing economy

    February 9, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    CA will not let that happen–Jim Brown is smart too....

    February 9, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Jerry brown.

    February 9, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Bob

    Perry is Palin in a suit and tie.

    February 9, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. roro

    You couldn't pay me to live in Texas. With that nut for a governor, and all the gun-loving idiots, I wish they would secede. They be doing the rest of the country a big favor.

    February 9, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Recruiting businesses from California brings more Democrats to Texas, keep up the good work Perry, Texas will turn blue with your help.

    February 9, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Moose

    Grew up in cali, it was really great at one time, its sad how bad it sucks now, thanx nancy and all you libs who have just sucked the life out of it

    February 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. A Kickin` Donkey

    When Republican politicians claim that they have CREATED jobs, what they mean is they have STOLEN JOBS from some other jurisdiction.

    I hope Americans think long and hard about all the hand waving that the GOP does in national elections. What jurisdiction will A President STEAL jobs from & how?

    Low cost labor is the advantage that China & India provide. This is tied to their aggregate standard of living which is lower than ours.

    A President needs to keep our standard of living high AND take jobs away. The way to do this is to make laws that REQUIRE domestic manufacture in exchange for access to domestic markets. Foriegn countries have long required OFFSETS [domestic productuon] from US countries wanting to sell to their citizens. It`s time for the US to enforce a similar standard.

    February 9, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. yanni

    I wonder how average people in Texas think and act. If the leader is the reflection of the society he led Perry representation is not good for Texas image in the world

    February 9, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |