Texas Gov. Rick Perry has his eyes on wooing jobs away from Maryland, but those jobs are staying put if it’s up to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
In his latest economic development campaign, Perry traveled to Maryland this week to ask businesses to consider setting up shop in Texas. Perry has conducted similar campaigns in states including California, Missouri and New York, and has sometimes gotten under his fellow governors’ skin with his blatant tactics.
As he’s done in other states, Perry infiltrated the television and radio waves in Maryland last week with advertisements touting the economic opportunities available in the Lone Star State.
“When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas,” Perry said in one advertisement. “Unfortunately, your governor has made Maryland the tax and fee state, where businesses pay some of the highest taxes in America. That’s a job killer.”
But with Perry set to start his job poaching tour in Maryland this week, O’Malley fired back by penning an op-ed in the Washington Post laying out the case for “What Maryland does better than Texas.”
“Perry and like-minded Republican governors subscribe to the slash-and-burn economic philosophy – a belief that ‘less’ will somehow become ‘more,’” O’Malley wrote. “In Texas, he has implemented this vision with gusto, cutting taxes and slashing funding for critical middle-class priorities such as public schools, higher education, health care and infrastructure.”
Perry took his recruiting directly to Maryland companies Wednesday, including a tour at the Beretta USA gun factory in Accokeek, Md. As states have issued new gun regulations, Perry has tried to woo several gun manufacturers to his home state.
Capping off the day, Perry and O’Malley, both considered potential 2016 candidates, went head-to-head on CNN’s “Crossfire,” where they each showed they’re willing to put up a fight when it comes to creating jobs in their states.
“We have great companies – Lockheed Martin, Under Armour, Marriott, others from Maryland, and they’re great companies,” O’Malley said.
“We’ll recruit them,” Perry said.
“You’re welcome to try,” O’Malley responded.
“We are. I’m here and making progress,” Perry said.