Texas Governor Rick Perry wants
to convince California's elite business community that Texas is where they oughta be.
Perry's mission of economic diplomacy will see him touring the LA area and Silicon Valley in a bid to attract tech firms and the like to Texas's "low taxes, sensible regulations and fair legal system." A website with the hard-to-misunderstand name TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com
was created to aid the effort.
"There are a lot of businesses that, from what we're hearing, are being hurt by some of the economic policies coming out of the state government over there," said Perry spokesman Josh Havens. "We believe they would have the opportunity to thrive in Texas."
But that's a belief being dismissed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who referred to Perry's soliciting of California's business titans as "barely a fart" in the Golden State's trade winds.
"Last year, Texas Instruments invested $2 million in an electronic design lab at UC Berkeley," said Brown spokesman Gil Duran, who sought to turn the tables on Perry's ambitions. "We hope Governor Perry enjoys his visit."