* Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s radio ad which attempts to poach Illinois businesses [fixed link]…
Script for the $42K buy…
This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a word of advice for employers frustrated by Illinois’ short-sighted approach to business: You need to get out while there’s still time.
The escape route leads straight to Texas, where limited government, low taxes and a pro-business environment are creating more jobs than any other state.
I’ll be in Chicago next week to talk about opportunities in Texas, where we’re always open for business.
Visit texaswideopenforbusiness.com. It may be time for your company to hit the emergency exit.
* Greg Hinz talked to Gov. Perry…
In a phone interview late yesterday, Mr. Perry, who ran an ad in this week’s issue of Crain’s titled “Get Out While There’s Still Time,” (below) insisted his message “isn’t about bashing Illinois” but rather is aimed at extending a hand to companies that could use one.
“This is about talking about policies that can help people make a good judgment, an informed decision about where to live,” said the governor, who will be here next Monday and Tuesday. But the fact is, “When you have the kind of tax and regulatory policies in place (that Illinois does) . . . you are enticing businesses to fail.”
Mr. Perry wouldn’t say which local companies he’ll be meeting with at the big biotech conference here next week, but argued many companies would benefit from Texas’ “light” tax burden, “fair and predictable” regulatory climate, “sweeping” tort reform and “accountable” public schools. […]
Mr. Quinn, in a separate phone interview, noted that two big biotech firms, Astellas Pharma and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., recently opened large North American headquarters in the Chicago area, and that the biotech meeting again will be held in Chicago in 2016. “I’m not sure they’ve ever met in Texas,” said Mr. Quinn.
Um, it’s not about bashing Illinois? Really? Was he not listening to his own voice when he made that ad?
* And even Pat Brady got into the act, defending his home state…
llinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said he’d welcome Perry if he wanted to offer support to Republican gubernatorial candidates. But a recruiting trip, he can do without.
“I like Gov. Perry, he’s been a good leader for Texas, but I don’t think it’s productive for him to come in here and do this so publicly,” Brady said. “Stealing jobs from Illinois is not going to help.” […]
If Perry’s strategy is in part political, Brady said, it’s not a good one.
“I don’t think it’s a great way to impress Republican donors,” Brady said, adding that even a harsh critic of Illinois’ current leadership like himself wants the state to succeed. “We live, work and pay taxes here.”