Nixon fires back at Gov. Perry for ads luring local business to Texas

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

(KMOV) -- Governor Nixon fired back at Texas Governor Rick for running ads in the state attempting to lure away business.

Perry has been running ads in Missouri, promoting his state’s business-friendly climate and lack of personal income tax as reasons businesses should move to Texas.

The ads also take a swipe at Governor Jay Nixon for vetoing a major tax cut. The State Chamber of Commerce invited Perry to speak in Missouri on Thursday in an effort to build support for a veto override.

Nixon called the invitation to Perry a contradiction to the Chamber’s mission and said Missouri’s competing for jobs with China and Korea, not with Texas.

“And if folks are so simple focused that they think you’re going to build an economy of the future by wandering from state to state and trying to talk a business into moving from one state to another, especially if you’re asking them to move to Texas where they’re sales taxes are higher, their property taxes are higher and their schools aren’t as good, that is very much of a losing proposition.”

Governor Nixon visited Boeing St. Louis to talk about a new law that takes effect on Wednesday which would combine several business development programs into one and streamline the application process for businesses. 

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