Texas Governor Perry Looking To Lure NY Companies

NEW YORK (AP) -
Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives at a meeting in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday, during a weeklong trip to New York to convince businesses that Big Apple taxes were too high and they would be better served by moving to Texas.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives at a meeting in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday, during a weeklong trip to New York to convince businesses that Big Apple taxes were too high and they would be better served by moving to Texas.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday said his efforts to lure companies out of New York and to his state are similar to a sports final series between rival teams, and that states are in a competition with each other over businesses and jobs.

“We compete against each other, I think we can do it, should do it, in a civil and thoughtful and a positive way,” Perry said.

The Texas governor was in New York City as part of a five-day trip to New York state and Connecticut to meet with businesses and promote his state’s business climate. He’s made similar visits to California and Illinois.

Perry was in Connecticut on Monday, talking to gun manufacturers and praising his state’s tax policies and regulatory climate.

His trips haven’t been met with open arms by the Democratic governors of those states. He and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in a little verbal sparring over the merits of their respective states before Perry’s trip started.