|by Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY|
It's a slap at the Land of
The dynamic playing out here is one that is being embraced by Republican governors across the country who are aggressively courting businesses in higher-tax states such as
Leading the charge are
"We like to use the word 'hunt,'" said
In a head-to-head comparison with
At a recent forum in
"Companies are going to move for a variety of reasons — sometimes we can have a role in those outcomes, sometimes not," said
"These efforts by states at job poaching from other states reflect a complete lack of understanding as to where job creation really comes from," said
Pence took up the cause and has made recruiting businesses from other states a calling card as speculation mounts over whether he will run for president.
Earlier this year, Pence successfully pushed for the Hoosier state to gradually lower its corporate tax rate to 4.9% — which would make it the third-lowest among the 44 states that levy a corporate income tax. By comparison,
Pence has taken a hands-on approach in the
One businessman to receive a call from Pence was
The designer and manufacturer of plastic air-movement components was courted by other states, including
"Even if we had equal cash incentives, there was still an overwhelming business-friendly environment that we don't enjoy in
Some businesses, however, have been turned off by the dangling of tax incentives by states.
"I don't need it to do business here," said
Perhaps even more aggressive than Pence on the relocation push has been
Perry, who boasts about his state's economic growth as the "Texas Miracle," has relished touting the Lone Star State as a place with "low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations and world-class workforce."
His office says it doesn't keep an exhaustive list of out-of-state businesses the governor has been able to persuade to either expand or relocate in
In an advertising campaign that ran in
And earlier this month in an opinion piece in the
"Failing that, however,