Perry touts ‘Texas miracle’ to coax businesses to move to his state

Mr. Perry argues that under his leadership, Texas has been a key engine of economic growth for the whole country.

He says that 30 percent of all net new jobs created over the past decade have been in Texas, and his state created the most private-sector jobs of any state from July 2012 to July 2013.

Plus, he says, the state’s 6.5 percent unemployment is below the national average and Texas has been named the best state to do business for nine years in a row in a survey of more than 700 CEOs conducted by Chief Executive Magazine.

Mr. Perry made his Texas miracle argument during his 2012 presidential bid. But the campaign stumbled early and he never recovered.

Earlier this year, he announced he would not seek a fourth term as Texas governor, renewing speculation he might try for national office again.

Democrats are eager to kneecap him now.

“Under Rick Perry’s ‘leadership,’ Texas’ unemployment rate went up, the state had the second-highest number of workers making minimum wage or less and his imbalanced tax policies have placed a heavy burden on the poor while allowing the wealthiest 1 percent to get by without paying their fair share,” said Michael Czin, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

“Texans would be well served if Gov. Perry spent a little more time in Texas fixing the state’s systemic economic problems and a little less time boasting to out-of-state voters and businesses about a Texas miracle that never was.”

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