Rick Perry's Desperate Plea to California Businesses
Original post made by John Koegel on Feb 5, 2013
"Texas is poised at the brink of a new era of prosperity and we hope you'll take part. Come to Texas we're wide open for business," said Governor Perry in the ad.
"Well I think its just to make them aware of how enthusiastic Texans are for the economy here and what the advantages are," said one well-placed source. He continued: "The lower taxes, the availability of training for the work force, just the cost of doing business is much better here so we would get a lot of inquiries and those are the advantages that those companies would tell us they see in Texas."
Some Texans are not too happy, however. Since Perry has cut corporate income tax in the state, students in Texas have seen the state's contributions to education decrease by 10.4%, and this compared to a 3.7 increase nationwide.
Stated one student: "We're already the laughingstock of much of the nation. Our education system is a joke. Beyond the University of Texas in that liberal enclave called Austin, what have we got?"
One expert pointed to the plight of Perry's pitch. "Beyond appealing to taco stand proprietors, the state doesn't have much to offer. We have a terribly unskilled workforce that rivals some third world countries. Perhaps a company can pick up a loose part-time janitor or bartender, but most companies want more than that from a prospective employee, much more."
A spokesperson from Gov. Perry's office countered the criticism by emphasizing how companies that come to Texas can pollute as much as they want to. "Ever since we fought at the Alamo to become a slave-owning state, we've always shown a higher regard for which side of the bread the butter is on rather than the little ones who toil for a living."
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