Americans For Economic Freedom - Gov. Perry Completes Successful Economic Development Trip as Texas Continues to Lead Nation in Job Creation

AUSTIN - A year after Texas Gov. Rick Perry sparked a national conversation about competition between states, Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation, adding more jobs than any other state in January, while California lost the most of any state. The governor today completed his latest economic development trip to the Golden State as a guest of Americans for Economic Freedom (AEF). 

Texas continues to see significant in-migration of jobs and wealth from across the nation, with 60 California based companies moving to or expanding in Texas since July 2012, creating more than 14,000 jobs. Texas has also surpassed California as the top exporter of technology products in the U.S., shipping $45 billion worth of technology products in 2012.

"Elected officials should have no greater priority than building an economic environment that encourages innovation, job creation and opportunity," Gov. Perry said. "As states continue to compete for jobs and investment, it's clear the formula for this success exists in red states where leadership is laser focused on building a strong economic foundation."

Gov. Perry visited Los Angeles, Orange County and Silicon Valley while in California from March 17-19. The governor met with business leaders to discuss Texas' competitive economic policies, which allow employers to risk their capital, keep more of what they earn, invest in their businesses and create jobs. 

Coinciding with the governor's trip, AEF ran radio and television ads in California, highlighting Texas' successful combination of low taxes, smart regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce. This foundation has helped the state attract employers and families from across the country and around the world. 

AEF operates as a 501(c)(4) that examines and promotes policies that work to create opportunity, and does not engage in direct political advocacy. Board members include Marc Rodriguez, chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Newt Gingrich, Carly Fiorina, August Busch III and Dr. Art Laffer.

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