Perry is trying hard to make Texas into a business-friendly state mainly by slashing taxes and dumping as many worker protections as possible, thus turning the state into a slightly more convenient Mexico. (Sorry, Mexico. I mean no insult.) Low-wage industries love that approach; more specialized industries and, frankly, more decent ones don't care so much.There are no signs that Perry's efforts yielded any successes, other than to give Democrats a reason to point and laugh in derision. For example, California Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed Perry's efforts as "barely a fart." But apparently, California's endangered Republicans were inspired by those job-poaching efforts because they've invited him to keynote their annual conference, presumably to give him a bigger platform for his job-stealing efforts.
California's vibrant business community (it has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state) won't be striking off for Texas anytime soon. But maybe Perry needs a Plan B—stealing some California Republicans to shore up their Texas majorities. Because the way things are going in the Lone Star State, those monolithic Republican advantages will soon be a thing of the past. And they know it.
Meanwhile, to all those California Republicans who think their party needs to modernize to become relevant once again? Oops. Better luck next year.