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Texas Coming After California Jobs

Radio stations across California are starting to air a direct appeal from Governor Rick Perry, encouraging businesses to pull up stakes and put down roots in Texas.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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Above: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Aired 2/5/13 on KPBS News.

They’re coming for our jobs. A new ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit the California airwaves this week.

"Building a business is tough," Perry says in the ad. "But I hear building a business in California is next to impossible."

In the 30 second spot Perry lists low taxes, sensible regulations and a fair legal system as incentives for doing business in Texas.

California Gov. Jerry Brown did not respond to a request for comment.

California and Texas have had a long running business rivalry. The relationship has entered into local politics as well. Last year during the San Diego mayor’s race, Councilman Carl DeMaio traveled to Texas to learn more about the state’s job-creating policies.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | February 5, 2013 at 10:07 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Keep yer paws off California.

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laplayaheritage | February 5, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

"Do you think a few tricks from a politician is going to make any difference?" the Democratic governor told reporters at a business event in Los Angeles, according to a transcript provided by the governor's office. "People invest their money where these big things have occurred. The ideas, the structures, the climate, the opportunity is right here on the Pacific Rim."

Asked by a reporter about Texans "coming here and poaching," Brown said, "Of course they're coming here. So are the British coming here, so are the French, so are the Russians, so are the Chinese. Everybody with half a brain is coming to California. So Texas, come on over!"

"Mayor Filner challenges Texas Governor Rick Perry to debate the competitiveness of San Diego, CA vs Texas at NAIOP SD Annual Breakfast."

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Really123 | February 5, 2013 at 12:07 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

According to the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU, California added 14,515.6 jobs in 2012, Texas added 10,972.8 jobs in 2012. The only thing that Texas did better than California was improve it's job creation over 2011 by 2.48% vs. California at 1.67%. So basically it improved it's lower job creation and got ranked higher for that, Texas at 4, California at 17.

Among other big things Texas is known for... is an inflated sense of self.

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CaliforniaDefender | February 5, 2013 at 1:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

There is a critical flaw in Gov. Perry's plan:

You have to live in Texas.

As much as San Franciscan Brown and Pennsylvanian Filner (not sure which is more foreign) try to conjure up new tax and spend schemes, they will only be temporary. California is worth fighting for and there are many of us natives who will stay and defend this paradise despite a few bumps in the road.

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JeanMarc | February 5, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

CaliforniaDefender, I will defend California with you. I love California, and I love San Diego.

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CaliforniaDefender | February 5, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Glad to hear it JeanMarc, I love this great land too! California needs her defenders now more than ever!

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pulo71 | February 5, 2013 at 6:51 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I think with an education focus like Texas has, employers will realize that finding qualified workers might be too hard there.

You can't dumb down education and then expect to compete for jobs that require 21st century skills. Good luck with that, Texas. Where education is concerned, you've turned your standards over to the all hat - no cattle types.

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benz72 | February 6, 2013 at 7:01 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I hope they step up their efforts, we see a small shift as a wakeup call and it incentivizes us to correct our own poor policies. Best of luck Texas.

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RegularChristian | February 6, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

For all those who want to sell out California by offering tax incentives to corporations in exchange for poverty level wage jobs, I say, "Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord spilt you."

If you think our budget problems are a mess. Look at Texas's.

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