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Missouri SOS tells Texas Gov. Rick Perry to go away

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By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has a simple message for Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Go away.

The Democratic Kander sent a letter to Perry Thursday asking him to reconsider his plan to visit the Show-Me State to promote Texas’ low taxes and job creation record.

JOB POACHER? Some says Perry’s coming to Missouri to lure business away.

Grow Missouri hopes Perry’s visit to Chesterfield in St. Louis County on Aug. 29 will bolster support for an income-tax cut passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature that was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

Kander accuses the Republican governor of trying to steal jobs from Missouri to take back to the Lone Star State.

“Simply poaching jobs from one state and bringing them to another doesn’t grow our nation’s economy, so I hope you reconsider your efforts and instead look at ways to cultivate new industries and companies in Texas, rather than just trying to steal other state’s successes,” Kander wrote.

Anne Maria Moy, a spokeswoman for Grow Missouri, told Missouri Watchdog that Perry’s visit to Missouri was already scheduled when her coalition connected with him for a speaking engagement.

“It just so happens his visit is coinciding with our effort to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of HB 253,” she said. “He’ll share his beliefs on pro-growth policies and talk about how important they have been to growth in Texas.”

A television ad is being aired in the St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia-Jefferson City markets touting Perry’s message, with small business owners “showcasing the opportunities and freedom available to families and businesses thanks to Texas’ smart, conservative fiscal policies,” as a news release from Perry’s office pitches it.

A private group, Texas One, is footing the more than $100,000 bill for the ads and trip.

Missouri is embroiled in a newfangled border war with Kansas, which recently cut tax rates on businesses and saw a nearly $90-million-more-than-expected jump in revenue this last fiscal year.

During the past session the Missouri Legislature passed HB 253, dubbed the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2013, which reduced taxes on business income for corporations and small businesses and cut the personal income tax rate. Nixon said the bill was poorly drafted and could boost taxes on prescription medication and textbooks and reduce funding for education.

The GOP hopes to override Nixon’s pen in next month’s veto session in what should be a close race to get the two-thirds majority needed in the House.

Perry has made similar visits to California, Illinois and New York to promote what he has called the “Texas miracle.” Pundits opine the trips serve a second purpose — putting the failed presidential contender in front of voters for a 2016 run at the Oval Office.

Texas has no state income tax, and the Tax Foundation dubs its state tax climate the ninth best in the country. Missouri isn’t far behind, though, at 16th on the list.


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Johnny Kampis is National Watchdog Reporter for Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, he is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. Johnny is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

  • cyTexRed

    Instead of criticizing Texas Governor Perry, why not insist Missouri Governor Nixon do his job of making Missouri a business friendly state. Governor Nixon thinks Missourians don’t deserve to keep more of their hard earned money while he flies around in his brand new $5.6 million jet telling lies, scaring little old people, scaring teachers who think they will lose their jobs if this tax bill is implemented. Why isn’t Missouri insisting that our representatives over ride Nixon’s veto on HB 253 instead of attacking Governor Perry? Governor Perry is doing what is best for his state… why isn’t Governor Nixon thinking about what is best for Missouri?

  • OldTimerUSNMO

    Your right TEXRED if you read the Bill its got safe guards in it we cant lose any money Nixon and the rest of his Demarcates are reading Obama play book scare the old people and the rest of the Welfare crowd. If you read the Bill and lesion to what he is saying he is down right Lying in which I guess he pretty much has for most of his term.
    Its real hard for the Demarcate to lose some of their class warfare money, if we got rid if the income tax and make this State a right to work State we really would benefit as the one that have already done it.

  • David Linton