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by Hugh McQuaid | Jun 10, 2013 12:44pm
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday plans to visit Connecticut this month in an effort lure jobs to his state.

Perry, according to a press release, will tour Connecticut and New York between June 16 and June 20. The former Republican presidential candidate plans on meeting with leaders from the firearm, pharmaceutical, and financial industries. 

Perry’s trip will be funded by TexasOne, a public-private marketing corporation governed by a board of directors appointed by the governor. According to its website, the group’s mission is “to help promote business relocation and/or expansion to Texas.”

TexasOne also began running two 30-second ads Monday in the New York and Connecticut TV market. The ads feature Texas residents including some celebrities and business owners praising Texas’ economy, courts, and regulatory system. Both end with a shot of Perry saying “Texas is calling. Your opportunity awaits.”

The $1 million ad buy will run for a week on several cable news stations including FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC as well as other channels like ESPN and the Discovery Channel, according to the press release.

It’s unclear how much of the money for the ad buy will go to the Connecticut market, but California Gov. Jerry Brown called Perry’s $24,000 ad buy in his state “barely a fart.”

Although Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is fond of saying that Connecticut is “open for business,” Perry plans on hosting receptions in Connecticut and New York for business owners who contact his office through a website called www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com.

Malloy was in Chicago Monday for the National Governors Association’s Education and Workforce Committee symposium. His spokesman Andrew Doba called Perry’s visit “a lame publicity stunt.”

In response to news of the Texas governor’s visit, state Rep. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, sent messages to Perry on Twitter Monday, pointing out statistics he did not think the Lone Star State should be proud of. He said Texas ranked near the bottom when it came to positive metrics like spending on education and high on negative statistics like production of toxic waste.

“Their economy has done well but they’re an energy producing state. We don’t have oil. But if you stack up Connecticut and Texas, I’d much rather be Connecticut,” Lesser said in a phone interview.

But Lesser said he wouldn’t discourage Perry’s visit to Connecticut.

“I’m always happy when a governor from out-of-state wants to come here and spend money to prop up our economy,” he said.

TexasOne, the organization backing Perry’s trip to the northeast, claims in its 2012 annual report to be responsible for “1,117 new job announcements and over $53 million in capital investments in 2012 alone. These numbers drive the TexasOne total to 38,218 new jobs being announced and over $12 billion in capital investments.”

According to the Tax Foundation, Texas is ranked 9th for its business climate while Connecticut is ranked 40th and New York is ranked 50th.

Already, Perry has been spotted wooing Connecticut’s gun manufacturing companies at a gun show in Houston.

Earlier this year, Connecticut’s gun manufacturers opposed the General Assembly’s decision to expand the number of weapons prohibited under the state’s assault weapons ban and tightened other gun-related regulations.


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posted by: dano860 | June 10, 2013  2:41pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is fond of saying that Connecticut is “open for business,” unfortunately it has been read as the borders are open for business’s to leave.
With the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis reporting that Connecticut is last among the 50 states in economic growth in 2012 how can Dannel really believe that he and the tax and spenders are enticing business to the State?
To a business, coming into this State is like looking at the IRS. They go crazy spending 50 Million bucks on seminars and hotel rooms. We work hard for our money, we send them,8-10 K in taxes a year, and they flush it down the sewer. I like to know the money I send them goes to something of value.

posted by: Lawrence | June 10, 2013  3:34pm

From the New York Times, May 9:


WEST, Tex. — Five days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a wide swath of this town, Gov. Rick Perry tried to woo Illinois business officials by trumpeting his state’s low taxes and limited regulations. Asked about the disaster, Mr. Perry responded that more government intervention and increased spending on safety inspections would not have prevented what has become one of the nation’s worst industrial accidents in decades.

“Through their elected officials,” he said, Texans “clearly send the message of their comfort with the amount of oversight.”

This antipathy toward regulations is shared by many residents here. Politicians and economists credit the stance with helping attract jobs and investment to Texas, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, and with winning the state a year-after-year ranking as the nation’s most business friendly.

Even in West, last month’s devastating blast did little to shake local skepticism of government regulations. Tommy Muska, the mayor, echoed Governor Perry in the view that tougher zoning or fire safety rules would not have saved his town. “Monday morning quarterbacking,” he said…”

posted by: DirtyJobsGUy | June 10, 2013  3:43pm

Take a look at this slideshow on PTR (gunmaker in New Britain leaving CT)

The key thing is that even though a new location is not yet announced, many of the employees have said they will relocate. This has not been the traditional case in New England.  But now there are no other jobs for machinists here in CT and the cost of living is going up.  No wonder Gov Perry is swinging by.

posted by: ocoandasoc | June 11, 2013  1:50am

While Democrat legislators are making jokes or burying their head in the sand, CT business owners are listening carefully to the Texas Governor and representatives from other states inviting them to relocate. How many polls and surveys have to show how negative CT’s attitude towards business is perceived to be before they’ll take this seriously? We’re about to commit two billion dollars of future CT taxpayer money to better educate UConn students who will mostly wind up taking jobs in other states. Does that make any sense? Folks who ridicule Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, or any of the other states recruiting CT businesses should visit those states and check out the local economies, work force, cost of living, education, health care, etc. They might come to realize how ignorant their comments are. And Matt Lesser’s comments are almost laughable. If one gives points for how much a state spends on something or considers big spending a “positive metric,” then CT would lead in a lot of categories. But careless and ineffective spending is actually one of the points CT businesses make when describing what they dislike about the State. You can keep laughing, CT legislators. But Rick Perry and others like him are eating your lunch.