SACRAMENTO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.
The former Republican presidential candidate started meeting with business leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday. His office said Perry will meet with leaders in the high tech, biotechnology, financial, insurance and film industries during his three-day trip, but declined to name any of the businesses he is targeting.
The visit follows a 30-second radio ad that began airing last week in which Perry criticized California's business climate.
"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," Perry says in the ad, which was paid for by a public-private marketing partnership called TexasOne.
Perry's visit did not include any public events, but in an interview with the San Jose Mercury-News, he criticized California's regulatory environment, and said Austin, Texas, is poised to become the "next Silicon Valley," the newspaper reported.