ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — “It’s in direct contravention to the purposes of the organization.” That is what Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is saying about the upcoming appearance by Texas Governor Rick Perry, before the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
Nixon said the chamber is supposed to support and enhance Missouri businesses, not “invite people in who are running ads saying ‘Missouri businesses, you should leave the state’.”
Nixon said the situation was “beyond ironic” and “in stark contrast to the purposes of that organization.”
After touting the Missouri Works program, which streamlines tax breaks for companies that add a certain number of jobs meeting wage and benefit requirements, Nixon said the competition for jobs is not between states, but with other countries.
He said while Missouri seeks greater investment by companies with plants here, bad mouthing other states to entice businesses is just not his style: “That’s how America looses the future, and we need to win the future.”
During an interview on the Charlie Brennan Show on KMOX, Nixon said, “Texas has a higher tax burden than Missouri – everybody knows that. Higher sales tax, higher property tax, and overall, their tax burden is higher.”