The accusation that the Missouri Chamber is hosting Gov. Rick Perry to poach jobs is ridiculous. It is being pushed by Gov. Nixon to take the focus off a more important issue – a measure Missouri can take to keep our state competitive. We have an opportunity on September 11 to better position our state by overriding Gov. Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253, legislation that would provide tax reductions to Missouri workers and job creators. It is a measure that is proven to help other states grow, and Missouri would join 20 other states that are reducing or eliminating income taxes.
Gov. Rick Perry is meeting with Missouri Chamber members to discuss how low-tax policies can be put to work in our Missouri. The Missouri Chamber appearance is just one in a number of stops Gov. Perry is making while he is in Missouri. His visit to Missouri is similar to visits he has made to six other states. Like this week’s visit, all are paid for by Texas One.
Competition with other states for Missouri jobs is nothing new to us. Whether we like it or not, our state is in a unique position. We border more states, save Tennessee, than any other in the country. We are constantly in competition with those states for attracting and retaining businesses. Our two largest economic engines in the state sit on borders. Our hope is that we can continue to improve Missouri in order to keep Missouri at the top in the competition for those businesses.
The mission of the Missouri Chamber is to advance and protect Missouri employers. Taking an active role in the campaign to provide a tax break that can help our state grow ties directly to that mission. Learning about what works from the leader of the fastest-growing state in the nation also aligns with that mission. To characterize it as anything else is simply not accurate.