By Rick Perry
No doubt our record makes states that overtax, overregulate and overlitigate nervous. It should.
How do you create opportunity? As governor of the state that has created three out of every 10 jobs in America over the last 10 years, that’s what I get asked most often. My reply is simple: It’s not a trade secret, it’s common sense. We maintain low taxes, smart regulations and fair courts.
The results are indisputable; despite a population surging by 1,000 people a day, our unemployment rate is consistently below the national average, dropping to 6.4% just last month.
No doubt our record of success makes states that overtax, overregulate and overlitigate nervous. It should.
But every state in America can do what Texas has done. They just have to be willing to compete.
Competition drives states to be more efficient and effective, and get the most out of every dollar and every hour we invest. It’s the antithesis to big government controlling our lives.
That’s why people who believe in competition, like myself, must spread the word about a better way of doing business, especially since Washington won’t reverse course on big government anytime soon.
The Texas model of success means more opportunities, better jobs and better lives for Texans. Companies moving from high-tax, high-regulatory states to low-tax, pro-growth states like Texas have a greater chance to grow and create even more jobs.
In fact, in just the past 15 months, dozens of California companies have publicly announced plans to relocate or expand in Texas, totaling more than 12,000 jobs.
It’s important for business leaders trapped in unfriendly states to hear what Texas has to offer. Equally important is the need to push the conversation about competition so states such as Illinois, Missouri and Maryland engage in serious discussions about how to improve their jobs climate.
Competition raises everyone’s performance, and that’s good for our national economy.
If states decide to stay the course of big government, Texas offers residents and industries tired of high taxes and big government the option to pursue their dreams in a place where they’re free to excel.
Left to its own, big government only gets bigger, tries to do more and does it poorly. Only by reigniting our national passion for competition can we create jobs, grow our economy and contain big government.
Rick Perry is governor of Texas.