Texas Governor Rick Perry is in Los Angeles and Orange County this week trying to tempt California businesses to the lone star state. Yesterday, Perry told the San Jose Mercury-News that Austin, Texas is set to be the "next Silicon Valley." He said high taxes and strict regulation in California are stifling growth.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown dismissed radio ads featuring Rick Perry making similar claims. "Who would want to spend their summers in 110-degree heat inside some kind of a fossil-fueled air conditioner? Not a smart way to go," Brown retorted. Brown also cited an increase in California jobs.
Which state is better for business? Which state is better for employees? Is California stifling entrepreneurship and innovation? Are you tempted by Texas?
Chuck DeVore, Vice President of Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Former California State Assemblyman (2004-2010) representing coastal Orange County, including cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach
Carl Guardino, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group