Perry spoke at Friday afternoon’s session of Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando. The Governor explained how Texas keeps taxes low, ensures that its regulatory system is fair and focuses on improving public schools to provide a skilled workforce.
“If that fits your image of where your company could best flourish, then move on down to Texas,” Perry said as the crowd laughed.
The Governor touted his state as the premier model for other states, noting that he often tells his friends on the left to “look to Texas.”
“Listen, that’s not bragging,” he added. “Because if you can do it, it’s not bragging.”
He argued for the value of states rights, claiming that competition between states encourages innovation. He said the states should be “50 different laboratories of innovation.” And the Governor wasn’t intimidated by competition from fellow Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who spoke before Perry and joked about taking jobs from Texas.
“We understand we’re never going to be stronger unless someone pushes us,” Perry responded.
Perry has long been a vocal advocate for the superior business climate of his state, visiting New York and Connecticut this summer in an attempt to coax businesses to move to the Lone Star State. At the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year, the Texan touted his state’s balanced budget, saying other states should follow suit.