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Perry to Washington CEOs: Come to Texas
Politico ^ | October 25, 2010 | John Maggs

Posted on 10/25/2010 3:34:00 PM PDT by jazusamo

Just days before Washington state voters decide whether to impose a first-ever state tax on six-figure incomes, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has jumped into the middle of the fray.

With a week to go before the Washington ballot initiative, Perry, a Republican, has taken an unusually aggressive swipe at Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat. Perry sent letters Friday to 90 leading businesses in Washington – including Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks – inviting them to relocate to Texas, which also has no income tax.

"If Washington doesn't want your business, Texas does,” said Perry. “Texas has no personal income tax and no interest in getting one."

Most Washington business leaders are lined up against the proposal, which would impose a 5 percent tax on individuals earning $200,000 or more a year and a 9% tax on those making more than $500,000.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the state’s most prominent billionaire, has divided loyalties: his company is fighting the tax proposal on behalf of its many highly-paid workers, but the ballot initiative was sponsored by Gates father, a retired lawyer who argues that Washington needs the money to fund education. The software mogul himself has not taken a position on the tax, which stands to cost him tens of millions of dollars a year.

The latest poll says the anticipated vote on the income tax initiative is too close to call.

A Perry spokesman denied that the governor was meddling to defeat the Washington initiative, but conceded that the timing – a week before the vote – was no coincidence.

“It seemed like the right time to do it, as businesses are focused on the election and on the possibility of paying higher taxes,” said Ray Sullivan.

Washington and Texas are among seven states that impose no income tax, contributing to the fact that both are highly rated as places to conduct business.

It is common for governors to recruit individual companies to relocate but unusual to make a blanket indictment of the business climate in another state. It is also unusual for governors to try to influence the outcome of ballot initiatives in another state.

Gregoire, who supports the tax proposal, shrugged off Perry’s missives.

“We're serious about keeping businesses here and attracting new ones to the state,” she said in a written statement issue by her office. “We've consistently ranked in the top five in the Forbes list of best states to do business—ahead of Texas."

Gregoire spokesman Cory Curtis said the governor was not offended by Perry’s letters, but would not comment on whether the governor thought that Perry was trying to influence the vote. Asked what kind of relationship the conservative Perry and the liberal Gregoire have, Curtis said, “I don’t think they have any relationship.”

In Forbes’ latest rankings, Washington placed fifth among states with a positive business climate, while Texas ranked seventh. Washington ranked 28th for the lowest business costs, and Texas was slightly better – 26th. Surprisingly, Washington bested Texas for imposing a lighter regulatory burden on business, ranking 5th while Texas ranked 17th.

“We think that Washington will continue to be a better place [than Texas] to do business, whether or not the income tax initiative passes,” said Curtis.

Perry’s spokesman said that Texas was the top-ranked state by business cable network CNBC and CEO magazine, and in most rankings, rated higher than Washington.

Gregoire, like most Washington state politicians, has opposed the imposition of a state income tax, and never pushed it as governor. She has endorsed the ballot initiative, but vowed to veto any effort by the legislature to extend the tax to other taxpayers.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: gregoire; incometax; perry; wa
Good for Rick Perry. Gregoire and the leftist Dem politicians behing this are nuts, it isn't going to pass.
1 posted on 10/25/2010 3:34:07 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: sionnsar

Ping!


2 posted on 10/25/2010 3:34:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Chris Rea...”Texas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMk208Op1Jc


3 posted on 10/25/2010 3:36:43 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Self Defence is always appropriate.)
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To: jazusamo

Their is another story today that the State of Texas is going after Amazon.com for 250 million in back sales tax. No thanks Texas.


4 posted on 10/25/2010 3:37:14 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: jazusamo

Patty Murray........where are you?


5 posted on 10/25/2010 3:38:04 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

6 posted on 10/25/2010 3:38:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

There still must by a lot of cash in that Texas Enterprise Fund.


7 posted on 10/25/2010 3:41:09 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: DariusBane

The Texas GOP is filled with open-borders RINOs.


8 posted on 10/25/2010 3:41:20 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: jazusamo

OUCH...Perry’s comments will leave a mark.


9 posted on 10/25/2010 3:44:59 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Bean Counter

Bump!

Send that link to Gregoire, she’ll go ballistic. LOL!


10 posted on 10/25/2010 3:45:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Nice kick to the commies *** sack Perry!

LLS


11 posted on 10/25/2010 3:49:00 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Bean Counter

Love that song!

Describes Texas perfectly.

“Warm winds warming up blue skies and
a road that goes forever”


12 posted on 10/25/2010 4:00:25 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: lone star annie

Texas is already stealing California Companies


13 posted on 10/25/2010 4:04:20 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: scooby321

Texas is not stealing anything. Companies are glad to get the hell out of thare. It will really be bad if Moonbeam and Boxer are elected.


14 posted on 10/25/2010 4:10:30 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: DariusBane

Yes because Amazon has a distribution plant in Texas and is subject to the States sales Tax. Texas has every right to collect the tax.


15 posted on 10/25/2010 4:24:34 PM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: jazusamo

Hey, Perry. Obama’s tax commission is after you. They want to redistribute wealth from RED to BLUE states. Any state stupid enough to keep spending under control will be punished. Even Bushies were represented.


16 posted on 10/25/2010 4:33:18 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: jazusamo

Texas may not have an income tax but they sure make up for it in property tax. Gotta pay those taxes to support all those illegals, the garbage can police and the homosexual outreach office in Fort Worth.


17 posted on 10/25/2010 4:40:27 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: jazusamo

If you North West folks come to Texas, please leave your Democrat politics behind. We don’t want you if you come to Texas to change us.


18 posted on 10/25/2010 4:42:50 PM PDT by encm(ss)
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To: jazusamo

“’We’re serious about keeping businesses here and attracting new ones to the state,’ she said in a written statement issue by her office. ‘We’ve consistently ranked in the top five in the Forbes list of best states to do business?ahead of Texas.’”

Um, Gregoire, you leftard, one of the reasons for that is NO INCOME TAX. If/when the leftdolts who have taken over Washington State (many of whom fled CA and then proceeded to vote for the same type of leftscum politicians who ruined CA - I know several) institute this and inevitably other income taxes, you won’t rank near Texas any more. D’uh.


19 posted on 10/25/2010 4:47:52 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: encm(ss)

Believe it or not there’s quite a few here in WA that are not flaming lib leftists. :-)


20 posted on 10/25/2010 4:49:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: piytar
Um, Gregoire, you leftard, one of the reasons for that is NO INCOME TAX.

Dead on the money but she and her Rat supporters are to stupid to realize that. They think because they only hit the "rich" with this proposal it'll pass. Even a lot of Dems don't want that foot to get in the door.

21 posted on 10/25/2010 4:53:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Fred; Chattering Class of 58; SeattleBruce; tarator; 21twelve; Feasor13; matt1234; Bosun; ...
Thanks to jazusamo for the ping.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Say WA? Evergreen State ping

Quick link: WA State Board

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.
Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

22 posted on 10/25/2010 7:38:53 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: jazusamo
Most Washington business leaders are lined up against the proposal, which would impose a 5 percent tax on individuals earning $200,000 or more a year and a 9% tax on those making more than $500,000. AND open the door for a universal income tax in two years.
23 posted on 10/25/2010 7:44:07 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: BubbaBobTX

Ok fine, but don’t tout business friendly Texas. Don’t cry when they move out of Texas.


24 posted on 10/25/2010 8:00:22 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you, Governor Perry.

Maybe I will.


25 posted on 10/25/2010 8:40:22 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: DariusBane

So is every other state.


26 posted on 10/26/2010 11:54:36 AM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: jazusamo

Does it ever stop raining in the western part of WA??? That alone is the best reason to not live there.


27 posted on 10/26/2010 11:56:34 AM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: sionnsar

Thxs for the ping. All those youngins in the state will regret letting this pass.


28 posted on 10/26/2010 11:58:00 AM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: Fred
Does it ever stop raining in the western part of WA???

Are you kidding? We have lots of great weather!

However, it is raining today. :-)

29 posted on 10/26/2010 12:15:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

lol, the Sound is magnificent though.


30 posted on 10/26/2010 1:35:48 PM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: Fred
Does it ever stop raining in the western part of WA??? That alone is the best reason to not live there.

Yes it does, but that's a secret. But also understand that what to you is singularly "rain" comes in a near-infinite spectrum of droplet size, rate of fall, and several other factors. And I enjoy the variety.

If you need "dry" here's not a good place to be. But I moved here for the climate and love it.

31 posted on 10/26/2010 7:53:19 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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