It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent
cultivation of California business contacts is bearing fruit. But will it pan out?
The Austin Chamber of Commerce is seeing a tripling of the usual number of inquiries from California businesses contemplating a relocation to the Lone Star State, reports
the Austin Statesman
. It's a data point no doubt appreciated by Perry, who became the, er, butt of a joke by California Governor Jerry Brown, who called Perry's efforts "barely a fart."
"We have had a spike in the amount of normal (business relocation) activity since the November election in California," said Dave Porter, the senior vice president for economic development at the city's commerce agency.
Despite Perry's slamming of California's tax and regulatory climate, he wishes the state at large no ill will. The political class vs. its residents is an important distinction, of course, for a man hoping to woo California's business owners: "As much as I talk about California's high taxes, I also believe the state has to succeed; it's important to the country."
Via the Austin Statesman