LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry was in Maryland Wednesday, to say in person what he’s been touting on local airwaves recently.
At an appearance outside the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Perry said 30 percent of all American jobs created in the last decade were created in Texas.
“It didn’t happen by accident,” he said. “If you want to live free, free from over-taxation and free from over-litigation, free from over-regulation … move to Texas.”
According to radio and TV ads that have been playing in California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Connecticut, as well as in Maryland, the Lone Star State is a better place for job seekers and for business owners because of its lower taxes.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, dismissed the ads last week as a “tired old PR gimmick.”
And, in an op-ed piece published in The Washington Post Tuesday, he said Perry’s “slash-and-burn” tax policies have resulted in low graduation rates, high levels of poverty and scores of uninsured residents. He also calls the jobs Perry talks about in the ads “unsustainable” and low-paying.
In attendance Wednesday were small business owners, and representatives from the Maryland Republican Party and
Julie Lenzer Kirk, co-chair of Startup Maryland, says she was born and raised in Texas but has lived in Maryland for 20 years.
“I think it just depends what works for your business,” she told WNEW’s Kevin Rincon.
Diana Waterman, Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, disagreed.
“We want them to stay in Maryland, we want them to come to Maryland, but the current tax environment, regulatory environment, makes it very unfriendly,” she said.
Perry’s office says the nearly $500,000 in TV and radio buys, as well as the governor’s trip, are paid for by a public-private partnership focusing on marketing Texas as a business destination.
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