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Texas Gov. Perry raids California businesses

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

Still, some business leaders said Perry may have a difficult time persuading companies to leave, particularly in the talent-rich Silicon Valley, known for technological innovation. Perry has declined to name any of the businesses he is targeting.

Kim Polese, chairwoman of financial services company ClearStreet Inc., and former chief executive of software company SpikeSource, said she is glad Perry is spotlighting the issue of California's competitiveness and the need for changes to its regulations.

"But the startup world is thriving here in the valley," she said, adding that startups are more concerned with issues such as crowd funding and a ready workforce than taxes and regulations.

Other governors also have engaged in high-profile ploys to try to lure companies and jobs away from states that are perceived as less friendly to business, though it's unclear how successful those efforts have been.

Governors of several states sensed an opportunity in Illinois in 2011 after the state's income tax went up. The group included New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who flew in to meet with business leaders.

And Perry isn't the only big shot to visit California this week. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a fellow Republican, is attending the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., to recruit dairy operators in an effort to double his state's herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.

Daugaard's office also recently ran radio commercials and print ads in Minnesota trying to lure businesses across the border. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin also has targeted Minnesota with signs posted along the state line that read, "Open for Business."

Perry also will visit Los Angeles and Orange County on his trip.

Since his unsuccessful presidential run, Perry has kept mum on his political future. He faces re-election in 2014 and has said he'll make a decision after the Texas Legislature adjourns this summer.

Perry hasn't ruled out another shot at the White House or running to remain the nation's longest-serving governor. But seeking a fourth full term in Texas might not be a cinch, although Democrats aren't likely to mount a serious challenge for governor in 2014, Perry could face a stiff primary battle from the state's popular and well-funded attorney general.


Associated Press writers Chet Brokaw in Pierre, S.D., Pat Condon in St. Paul, Minn., Martha Mendoza in San Jose and Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas, also contributed to this report.