South Dakota’s governor’s office recently ran radio commercials and print ads in Minnesota trying to lure businesses across the border, and Wisconsin has put signs on its border with Minnesota that say “Open for Business.”
The governors of several states sensed an opportunity in Illinois in 2011 after that state raised its income tax, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who flew to Illinois to meet with business leaders.
Since flaming out as a presidential candidate, Perry has kept mum on his political future. He faces re-election in 2014 and has said he’ll make a decision after the Texas Legislature adjourns this summer.
Perry hasn’t ruled out another shot at the White House or running to remain the nation’s longest-serving governor. But seeking a fourth full term in Texas might not be a cakewalk: although Democrats aren’t likely to mount a serious challenge for governor in 2014, Perry could face a stiff primary battle from the state’s popular and well-funded attorney general.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, last week dismissed Perry’s $24,000 in radio ads as a cheap gimmick that would barely make a dent. He said California has been adding more jobs than any other state. Non-farm payrolls increased by nearly 226,000 jobs in 2012.
“It’s not a serious story guys. It’s not a burp. It’s barely a fart,” said Brown.
He also wondered whether Perry might have a change of heart after arriving.
“A lot of these Texans, they come here, they don’t go back,” he told reporters. “Who would want to spend their summers in 110-degree heat inside some kind of a fossil-fueled air conditioner? Not a smart way to go.”
Perry will also visit Los Angeles and Orange County on his trip, which is being paid for by TexasOne.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.