Governor Perry led a delegation of Texas business and community leaders to New York City for two days this week to meet with site selectors and CEOs to promote Texas as the best state to relocate or expand a business.
Want to move from Chicago (9.7% unemployment) to Houston (8.4% unemployment)? It will cost you $1,970. But it will cost only $449 to make the trip from Houston to Chicago. Los Angeles (11.8% unemployment) to Houston was $2,051, while Houston to Los Angeles was only $555.
San Francisco (10.7% unemployment) to Dallas (8.3% unemployment) will cost you $1,988. But the opposite will cost only $689. Boston to Dallas was $2,134, while Dallas to Boston was only $634.
Miami (10.8% unemployment) to Austin, Texas (7.2% unemployment), will cost $1,706. But the reverse will cost only $827. Similarly, Phoenix to Austin will cost $1,490, while Austin to Phoenix will cost only $654.
We might call these differences the "Texas premium" because regardless of location -- East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between -- the migration appears to be to Texas. U-Haul is lowering the price drastically for anyone who is willing to move the equipment back.
Indeed, with an unemployment roughly 1.5 percent lower than the national average, Texas is doing comparatively well.
However, those numbers do reflect the fact that there are more families in every state who are out of work and facing uncertain times.
The Governor's ongoing commitment to folks looking for a job in these tough times is to keep pressing for economic development that will yield jobs and paychecks, not more government in our lives.
Bottom line: Governor Perry believes we cannot rest until every Texan who wants a job has a job.
"In Texas, it was a relatively mild recession," says Martinez. "All our projections are for quite a bit of growth. In terms of job creation, more people are moving out there, and families are getting bigger. The fundamentals for Texas are a lot stronger than those of other peer large states."
For those looking for a reason why Texas is performing better than the nation as a whole, CNN Money named Texas the number 2 tax haven in the country. Texas has also been praised in recent days for our innovative and successful lawsuit reform.
It's no accident that Texas continues receiving praise for our relative economic resilience. Ideas matter. Under Governor Rick Perry's proven leadership, our state is succeeding.
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This week Governor Perry spoke at the Texas Association of Realtors' Government Affairs Conference held in Austin, TX. The two-day event was designed to inspire realtors to become more involved in political and public policy issues. The Governor emphasized the importance of upholding conservative fiscal discipline to maintain Texas' economic strength.
"If anyone knows the value of a strong economy, good schools and safe neighborhoods, I'd say it's realtors," Gov. Perry said. "So, let's keep working together to sustain our state's forward momentum applying our time-tested Texas work ethic, our commitment to fiscal discipline and our belief in the individual. Together, we will lead our nation out of this tough spot and keep Texas strong."
The Texas Association of Realtors, one of the largest trade associations with nearly 90,000 members, have endorsed Governor Perry's re-election.
In the past few years, many members of Congress have conveniently forgotten the meaning our nation’s definitive document. Namely, the Bill of Rights in our Constitution has been tossed aside as the federal government continues to overreach its authority and rapidly expand its unprecedented intrusion into our lives.
With your help, Governor Perry will send a copy of the Bill of Rights and a copy of the Oath of Office administered to Congress to each of the 535 members. The oath explicitly charges Congress with upholding the Constitution, and today, we need to remind them what their job is, who they work for, and what the Constitution says.
In these tough economic times for our nation, it is important to acknowledge that ideas still matter. It is not arbitrary that Texas has an unemployment rate nearly 2% below the national rate, or that California's unemployment rate is roughly 4% higher than it is in Texas. Our state didn't create more jobs in 2008 than the other 49 states combined by accident. It is no fluke that Texas is the #1 exporting state in the nation for several years running.
Governor Rick Perry has earned the endorsements of an enormous number of Texans:
Organizations and individuals who care about the future of Texas, representing industries from agriculture and energy to law enforcement and real estate, recognize that Governor Rick Perry is keeping Texas on the right path toward success. These organizations and conservative leaders include:
• Texas Association of Realtors
• Texas Chemical Council
• Texas Home School Coalition PAC
• T. Boone Pickens, Energy Entrepreneur
• Texas Apartment Association
• Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
• Texas Civil Justice League
• RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams
• Texas Municipal Police Association
• Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
• Texas Cattle Feeders Association
• Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers
• Texas Chiropractic Association
• Texas Alliance for Life
• Texas Right to Life
• Texas Society of Professional Engineers
• Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
• Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
• State Director of Americans for Prosperity* Peggy Venable
• Texas Poultry Federation
• Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
• Texas Optometric Association
• Texans for Life President Kyleen Wright
• Houston Realty Business Coalition
• Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
• Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
• Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
• Texas Pest Control Association
• Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
• Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Shlafly
*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.
On Fox Business News, Governor Perry spoke at length with host David Asman about the relative economic and fiscal strength of Texas, even in these tough times. Governor Perry reiterated his five keys to success, including:
1. Don't spend all the money.
2. Keep the taxes low.
3. Make sure the regulatory climate is fair and predictable.
4. Tort reform to prevent frivolous lawsuits.
5. Fund an accountable education system to produce a skilled workforce.
Under the leadership of Governor Perry, Texas has positioned itself as the nation's example for economic development and securing the border. It's no wonder Governor Perry has earned the trust-- and the endorsements-- of so many individuals and organizations representing a so many thousands of Texans.
As Texas leads the nation out of this undeniably tough time, it is important to keep the positive momentum going in our state, which is why Governor Perry on Tuesday offered several new proposals to maintain Texas' status as the greatest state in the country, including:
• A constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature to increase state taxes;
• Making permanent the recent tax cut extended to 40,000 small businesses in the last legislative session (under current law, the $1 million business margins tax exemption will expire in 2011);
• Imposing criminal penalties on employers who knowingly violate employment laws by hiring workers who are in Texas illegally; and
•Paving the way for ongoing job growth by purging unnecessary laws and regulations that stifle Texas entrepreneurs.