SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans say California needs to follow Texas’ model of lower taxes and fewer regulations and legal hurdles to keep the state economy growing and creating jobs.

GOP lawmakers gathered Thursday at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Sacramento to reflect on the lessons they learned from a recent two-day trip to Texas. They met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, and spoke to business owners there about why they left California.

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Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway of Tulare says the trip affirmed her caucus is on the right track with a package of bills she says would help California companies thrive. It includes tax exemptions and credits for businesses and would repeal regulations they say are burdensome.

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Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani also joined the trip.

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