Texas Governor Rick Perry is trying to lure New York businesses to move to Texas, and he is making it personal. In an exclusive interview with NY1, he dismissed Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to boost upstate New York's economy, calling it small ball. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming for New Yorkers. He is trying to entice businesses from the Empire State to move south, to Texas.
"We're making the pitch to come to Texas, take a look at our regulatory climate, our tax structure, our legal system," Perry said. "And they can keep more of what they work for, and still live in a very dynamic, culturally rich environment."
He is making the pitch in person this week, on a swing through New York and Connecticut. He is also trying to sell his state on the air.
"Texas is calling. Your opportunity awaits," says one TV ad.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, has his own plan to boost business in New York. He wants to create tax-free zones around state university college campuses.
Perry, though, is dismissing the idea. He suggested that Cuomo needs to come up with something bigger and better.
"I consider that to be kind of small ball. It's kind of like a sacrificial bunt down to second base, if you will," Perry said. "What he needs is a home run. He needs to get rid of the personal income tax, get rid of the corporate income tax in New York. Then you're talking. Then, people really start paying attention."
Perhaps Perry was only taking a dig at Cuomo because Cuomo did the same to him last week, when he mocked the ad campaign for the Lone Star State.
"So they're advertising, zero tax. You can come to Texas and pay no income tax," Cuomo said. "Our program goes one better. You can stay in New York, pay no income tax, and you don't have to move to Texas. You can live in New York."
A spokesman for Governor Cuomo declined to comment on Perry's remarks. The aide, however, did note Cuomo's comment from last week.
The fight is not just about business, but politics as well. Both governors are talked about as potential presidential contenders in 2016, which may mean this is the first of many battles to come.