Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz
August 28th, 2013
10:42 AM ET
7 years ago

Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz

(CNN) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has a bone to pick with Texas and its governor, Rick Perry.

The former Republican presidential candidate and Lone Star governor is scheduled to speak Thursday at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. In advance of his remarks, he's launched a several hunderd thousand dollar ad campaign on Missouri airwaves encouraging Show Me state companies and employees to relocate to Texas to reap the benefits of the state's strong business climate and lack of state income tax.

An angry Nixon, who is a Democrat, called the ads misleading, and said while Perry's aggressive style may work in Texas it doesn't work in Missouri and it didn't work in the rest of the country.

"We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states. It's the wrong way for a Governor to act. We need to work in concert to help America," Nixon said.

At least one Missouri radio station, KTRS-AM, has refused to run Perry's ads.

The Missouri governor also fought back with his own ad, running exclusively on KTRS. Narrated by Nixon, it highlights the strengths of the Show Me state - lower property taxes, lower sales taxes, an unemployment rate that's been below the national average for the last four years and a triple-A credit rating. The Missouri governor even used social media to bring his point home, tweeting out a top 10 list of why Missouri is better than Texas.

The Nixon-Perry bout is partly fueled by a state battle over Missouri House Bill 253 - a sweeping tax cut plan that Nixon recently vetoed. State workers, including teachers, opposed the proposed tax cuts, saying the decline in state revenues would mean job cuts. But an organized effort is underway in the Missouri House to override Nixon's veto.

That effort was the impetus to invite Rick Perry talk to members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, said Dan Mehan, the president and CEO of the group.

Mehan said he had no knowledge of Perry's planned on-air marketing blitz, but defended Perry's right to do so.

"He is doing what governors do," said Mehan. "They market their states, they are the chief sales people for those states."

At the same time, Mehan says Perry's trip to the state was serving a different purpose than his ads. The governor isn't coming to market Texas, Mehan said, but instead to bolster attempts to revive the Missouri tax cut measure.

John Havens, a spokesman for Perry, said "Missouri's success is important to our economic strength as a nation, and if Texas can push Missouri to implement more competitive economic policies, we all benefit."

Nixon, however, said Perry shouldn't be jumping into the middle of a state issue.

"He has tried his political stunts in different places we're not going to tolerate him coming in here," Nixon said, adding he found it interesting that those who want to override the veto had to go all the way to Texas for help.

Monday, the Missouri teachers organizations issued a news release saying House Bill 253 threatens the jobs of thousands of teachers. The vote to override vote is expected to take place in September.

Filed under: Missouri • Rick Perry
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Durundal

    Generally speaking, poaching businesses is usually the type of approach when you are unable to innovate on your own – take everyone else's achievements and talent and how it balances out your cowboy fantasy. My hunch is if he cant poach enough good business then his backwards state is going to explode because of all the unfunded public needs crossed with severe cuts in revenue to pay for them

    August 28, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC


    "Texas has a higher total sales tax, 8.25%, than more than 75% of all states..."

    Yeah, and what's notable about everything you described is just how deliberately regressive the tax laws in TX truly are. I mean, it's like THE textbook example of how to shift all tax burden onto the middle-class and poor for the benefit of the wealthy and corporations.
    "Texas's median income is $62,353 per year – the average yearly property tax paid by Texas residents amounts to 3.65% of their yearly income. Texas is ranked 12th of the 50 states for property taxes as a percentage of median income. "

    Source: tax rates dot org

    If you add that to the sales and excise taxes, a family of four could be paying out well over 12% of their gross income to the state for taxes. When you're a family of four paying out that much in taxes to your state, no wonder you don't want to pay any federal taxes. Your own state is ripping you off.

    August 28, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. clara

    He left out the bit about LOW wages and NO health benefits.

    August 28, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Alex

    "If you Lefties are foolish enough to let yourselves get ripped off in taxes, why shouldn't Texas take advantage of it?"
    Aaaw, how cute. Suddenly, when it's a red state, you think it's just grand for people to be mooches. Good to know you're so comfortable with your hypocrisy.
    I love Sniffit! That's all I need to say...

    August 28, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. kirk

    The gop wears hypocracy like a well taylored suit

    August 28, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I cannot believe Perry was able to remember more than 2 'reasons' to move to TX...

    August 28, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. laura

    I cannot believe Rick Perry remembered more than 2 'reasons' to move to TX...

    August 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. jsmoulder

    Nixon is hold school funds back, will not help out tax payers, and as Missouri's Attorney General sided with the oil companies running up their prices.

    August 28, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine


    "We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states."

    Odd... Abe Lincoln thought otherwise.
    What is even stranger is the fact that you believe this revisionist garbage. Do you deny the Holocaust as well?

    August 28, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Michael Benjamin

    Texas still has the mindset of a republic.

    August 28, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC


    "We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states."

    Odd... Abe Lincoln thought otherwise.
    What is even stranger is the fact that you believe this revisionist garbage. Do you deny the Holocaust as well?
    What I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around is the criticism of Lincoln for "attacking other states" as a means to justify Perry "attacking other states" 150 years later. Some still long for the Old South .... ... a civilization gone with the wind.

    August 28, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. jboh

    Business friendly. That means no burdensome regulations, like zoning codes that prohibit building schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and residential neighborhoods next to factories using explosive materials. Ask the folks in West, Texas how that works out.

    August 28, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    What sort of Chamber of Commerce would invite someone to make a pitch for them to lose business? If its the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, would it not make sense to invite someone who wanted to keep their businesses in the state, as opposed to someone who wants to poach them? Just thought I would put that out there.

    August 28, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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