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Gov. Perry, FL Gov. Scott Hold Fishing Derby to Promote Inter-State Competition, Support U.S. Military Veterans

Monday, August 13, 2012  •  Destin, Florida  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry participated in a fishing derby with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. military veterans to promote competition between states as a means of strengthening economic development and job creation across the nation. The governors were joined by former U.S. Marine and Texas veteran Capt. Dan Moran, and former U.S. Army Sgt. and Florida veteran Nathaniel Reichenberg.

"With both states on the right path economically, Texas and Florida are enjoying a healthy rivalry, and we will continue to try to beat the Sunshine State wherever we can," Gov. Perry said. "Our competition only makes us stronger across the board, and while some might be tempted to rest on their laurels, in Texas we know we can always do better. Seeing states like Florida aggressively and effectively working to close the gap only spurs us raise the bar even higher."

Gov. Perry and Gov. Scott have long promoted the importance of states competing for jobs and economic development projects, acknowledging that healthy competition puts all states, and in return the entire nation, on stronger economic footing.

"Under Gov. Perry's leadership, Texas has done a great job of promoting a healthy business environment that has made their state a leader in job creation," Gov. Scott said. "Florida is moving in the right direction and both our states are doing the right things to create jobs. It is vital that we have a federal partner in Washington who understands how to create jobs for all our families. We look forward to surpassing Texas and continuing this great competition that will only make our economy stronger."

As Washington continues to stifle states with one-size-fits-all mandates, often penalizing those that seek greater flexibility to solve their unique challenges, states like Texas and Florida are doing what they can to promote a climate based on principles of limited government and belief in the power of the individual. By sticking to these principles, Texas has become the nation's economic leader and Florida has made significant strides in job creation in spite of Washington. Even more could be accomplished if the federal government would once and for all relinquish its centralized approach to governance and give states the freedom to compete and thrive.

While Gov. Scott may have out-fished Gov. Perry 5-2, Gov. Perry had the biggest catch of the day. Following the fishing derby, the governors attended a lunch with U.S. military veterans and Florida community leaders to enjoy the day's catch.

Texas continues to be a national economic leader according to numerous outlets including CNBC, and for eight straight years, Chief Executive Magazine's survey of CEOs. In the last ten years, Texas has generated 1.2 million new jobs - more than any other state - kept unemployment below the national average for 66 straight months, and has seen a surge in a wide variety of sectors, from energy to information technology to biotechnology.

Supporting Texas' strong economic climate is a thriving tourism industry, which not only enhances the state's exceptional quality of life, but infuses billions of dollars into the economy annually. In 2011, Texas tourism generated $63.2 billion, directly supporting 545,000 jobs and indirectly supporting 479,000 more. Over the past three years, Texas has added nearly 83,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality, more than any other state. Additionally, an estimated 208 million domestic travelers visited Texas destinations last year, and travel from overseas to the state surged 25 percent.

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Gov. Rick Perry participated in a fishing derby with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. military veterans to promote competition between states as a means of strengthening economic development and job creation across the nation. (Florida Governor's Office/Elliott McCaskill)
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