TEXAS GOVERNOR POACHING STATE BUSINESS; CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS REACT
SACRAMENTO -- It's causing some controversy, but Texas Governor Rick Perry is in California, and trying to lure businesses to relocate to the "Lone Star State."
His visit follows his radio ads that criticize the state’s business climate.
The trip is creating a lot of buzz -- Governor Brown is calling Perry’s visit a, “cheap gimmick."
However, Republican lawmakers are using the visit to renew their own criticisms of the business climate in California, claiming stringent regulations and high taxes have forced businesses to move elsewhere.
North State Assemblyman Dan Logue seems to be leading the legislative charge.
"The issue isn’t about Rick Perry. The issue is about why is it that he feels he can be successful in doing that,” said Logue.
"We have so many laws being passed here in California that the first violation with a small business should be a fix-it ticket instead of a fine. That would be a huge step. We should have sunset clauses on all these regulations at least every five years for review to make sure that they’re legitimate, and that there’s still a need.”
Even Governor Brown and some Democrats support changes to California’s decades-old Environmental Quality Act, which analysts say can delay business projects for years.