Don't Mess With Missouri, Governor Perry

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Show Me (the money) State
Rick Perry, our inimitable governor, is now well-known for attempting to poach, er, bring new business here to Texas. Apparently, he's also fairly good at this according to Businessweek (as opposed to other things, like policy and short-term memory.)

Well, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democrat, did not take too kindly to Perry's entreaties to Missouri's businesses and set off a Twitter battle. Nixon even showed off his funny bone (well, funny for a politician) when he tweeted: "Favorable tax climate helps Missouri's economy succeed, not secede." Bah-dum-chhh. (You might note that given we're in a global economy, Perry's poaching other states' businesses is a zero-sum game for the country as a whole, even if it might be good for Texas.).

In any event, the battle has been heating up since Nixon, facing a veto-proof GOP legislature, vetoed a Republican tax bill which would have slashed taxes. Perry could not help himself and jumped into the fray with this comment: "Vetoing a tax cut is the same thing as raising your taxes."

Yes, that's right, Rick. Good logic. In related news, you may have heard this funny story about Perry from a New Republic profile:

Once in Austin, Perry made little effort to hide his lack of interest in the finer points of policy. Garry Mauro, then the Texas land commissioner, remembers coming to Perry to sponsor a piece of legislation and Perry cutting him off when he started to explain the bill in detail. "Don't waste your time," Perry said. "I wouldn't understand it anyway. Just make sure you're there to talk about it." Recalling the incident today, Mauro says, "You at least have to give the guy credit for candidness."

That's the longest-tenured governor in the United States. Right here in Texas. Could not be prouder.

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Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

it's NOT a zero sum game HP. Low taxes and healthy regulatory environment means that Texas businesses grow faster than other states.

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith

lol Texas gets more business in 1 week then the show me state gets in 5 years.

Androdian
Androdian

Missouri, PLEEEESE help us.  Take this character awah from our state!

Puller58
Puller58

Perry has little else to do given the limits on the Governship of Texas.  (Civics geeks will tell you that only Colorado has a weaker office.)  So he tries to raid other states for businesses.  I'll wager he's not the only governor in the country to do this...

calvin.terbeek
calvin.terbeek

@Andy Nelson I’m not sure your comment evinces an understanding of zero sum game. 

(1) Lower taxes: well, doesn’t that automatically mean less $$$ for the U.S. Treasury? Yes, it does. You’re already off to a bad start (unless you believe in Reaganomics/trickle-down economics which in that case would make you an economic illiterate);

(2) Healthy regulatory environment: well, as you surely know, there are what economists call negative externalities to your euphemism of “relaxed regulatory environment.” I.e., more pollution which, again, as I’m sure you know, travels and affects more than just one state or geographic area, esp. smog and air pollution

CL91
CL91

@Andy Nelson Agreed. And it's an illustrative case study AGAINST the illogical fiscal policies of our federal government. 

True, there are a number of reasons our economy has been so much healthier than many other states, but the most important of those is the pro-growth policies in place. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Puller58 They all do it, with the consequences being lower wages for all. Poaching jobs from one state because the people will work for less or there are fewer regulations and whatnot is just one big race to the bottom.

calvin.terbeek
calvin.terbeek

@CL91 I'm not sure you understand what zero-sum means.

(1) Lower taxes: well, doesn’t that automatically mean less $$$ for the U.S. Treasury? Yes, it does. You’re already off to a bad start (unless you believe in Reaganomics/trickle-down economics which in that case would make you an economic illiterate);

(2) Healthy regulatory environment: well, as you surely know, there are what economists call negative externalities to your euphemism of “relaxed regulatory environment.” I.e., more pollution which, again, as I’m sure you know, travels and affects more than just one state or geographic area, esp. smog and air pollution

CL91
CL91

@H_e_x @Puller58 Someone failed basic economics. 

Lower wages for all? Seriously? People don't voluntarily uproot their lives and move states because the wages on offer in the new locale are less than what they're currently earning. Surely you're trolling. 

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