Could this be the beginning of substantive business-friendly reforms around here? We fervently hope so.
The siege of the Alamo, which occurred this month 177 years ago, lasted 12 days. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who would have you believe he’s laid siege to California’s business community, was here for only four days this week.
There’s no doubt about it—the competition is fierce. States like Texas and Nevada are openly trying to lure away business from California. The debate about how effective they are is still going. But with a PR push highlighting lower taxes and easier environmental regulations, moving out sounds tempting.
TULARE — Faced with continued low milk prices and high feed costs, California dairy operators are increasingly being wooed by states offering cheaper costs and expanding markets.
Gov. Rick Perry’s latest attempt at luring businesses from California to Texas is a 30-second radio ad where he says, “Building a business in California is next to impossible.”
(Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry’s latest sales pitch to California businesses boils down to four words: Texas is no California.
Gov. Jerry Brown ought to cut his Texas brother, Rick Perry, a little slack. Texas Gov. Perry arrived in the Golden State this week trolling for California businesses he could poach and carry home with him in his saddlebags.
Some are calling it a bold, aggressive action. To me, it’s simply an act of desperation. The governor of Texas has been creating a little media buzz with his latest effort at poaching California businesses. After first buying airtime for a radio spot in a few media markets, he’s now following up with personal visits to businesses in some key California markets, including Orange County.
After years of losing jobs to lower-cost, overseas operations, several Rust Belt states are seeing a resurgence of manufacturing, led surprisingly by Michigan.
Texas doesn’t have redwood forests, a spot on the Pacific, Hollywood or a team in the last Super Bowl or World Series. But it doesn’t have California’s taxes either.
Business Climate: Last year’s tax hike was a short-term fix, at best, for the Golden State’s woes. For lasting prosperity, job creators need to trust the politicians. Right now, they don’t.
California is widely viewed as one of the most anti-business states in the nation, bristling with high taxes and onerous regulations that drive companies away. The state also is seen as a leading generator of high-paying jobs in growing industries, attracting more than half of the nation’s venture capital investment.
More than two-thirds of California business leaders see the state as an extraordinarily difficult state in which to operate, a new survey by the California Business Roundtable has found.
There has always been a certain level of competitiveness among the States. Of course, the football rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is legendary. But, on a more serious note, economic competitiveness goes all the way back to colonial days.