Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Leading the Way

Thursday, June 07, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Noteworthy

Texas' climb to the top of America's economic mountain hasn't always been easy, but the rewards—particularly in terms of job growth—make it worth it.

However, as word on the Texas method continues to spread, more and more state governments are beginning to follow our lead, and we hope more do. Strong states competing against one another make us all work harder and make for a stronger and more prosperous America.

We welcome the challenge posed by state leaders like Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who told a group in Daytona Beach this week that he has his targets firmly fixed on a certain Lone Star State, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

"We're doing the right thing in Florida," Scott said, citing a national magazine that ranked Florida as the second-best state in which to do business. With a combination of low taxes and high quality of life, Scott said he hopes to catch Texas and Gov. Rick Perry by next year.

"Every day I think about how we're going to beat Gov. Perry. I call him every couple of weeks to tell him we're going to do it," he said.

Gov. Scott is just the latest to realize the power of the Texas combination of low taxes, predictable regulations, fair courts and world-class workforce that has made Texas the first place companies look to expand or relocate. Even the New York Times is conceding that "Texas is the Future."

However, even as states like Florida begin to emulate our approach, we need to do even more to ensure employers continue bringing their jobs to Texas. That's why we've emphasized the principles behind the Texas Budget Compact - truth in budgeting, a stricter constitutional limit on spending growth, opposition to any tax increases, an adequate Rainy Day Fund and a commitment to cutting unnecessary and redundant government programs and agencies.

That'll be key to fending off challengers like Florida, and keeping Texas the best place in the nation to live, work, grow your business and raise a family.