MARION, IL (KFVS) - The Lone Star State is rolling out the red carpet for Illinois businesses.
Governor Rick Perry is in the Windy City trying to lure any business owners who are unhappy with things in Illinois to pack up and come on down to Texas.
Governor Rick Perry's Press Office Deputy Secretary Lucy Nashed released this statement today about his recruiting trip to Illinois:
"Strong states competing against one another make for a stronger and more prosperous America, and this trip has started an important conversation about what states can be doing to encourage job creation and economic growth. Texas' approach is no mystery – we keep our taxes low, regulations predictable, courts fair and spending in check. For well over the last decade, Texas has kept a laser focus on these principles, which have kept our cost of living low, reduced barriers and created predictability for employers, and contributed to an excellent quality of life for our citizens. Combined with our efforts to produce a competitive and skilled workforce and aggressively recruit businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world, Texas has created a successful blueprint that other states can look to."
But, not everyone in the Land of Lincoln is welcoming the Texas Governor with open arms.
"It's an embarrassment to have a governor from another state come to Illinois to do what Governor Rick Perry is proposing to do," said Marion Mayor Bob Butler. "He's coming here because he thinks that the business climate in Illinois is so bad and so sad, that it's like plucking ripe plums from a tree. To come to Illinois to induce businesses to go to Texas."
Exactly what type of businesses Governor Perry is interested in, he isn't saying as of yet.
But, he is wanting to ensure any unhappy business owners that doing business in Texas will be a much more pleasant and lucrative experience.
Some small business owners in Southern Illinois told me that they don't see anything good coming out of Governor Perry's trip to Illinois.
"It's going to obviously affect us to pull more business out of the State of Illinois," said Diane McIntyre owner of Mac & Jenny's Pizza in Anna, Illinois. "Especially when the economy is so for the State of Illinois. We need to be retaining as many businesses as possible. I think it's going to have a negative effect on our economy and on our state."
The Marion Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joni Bariwck released this statement today about Governor Rick Perry trying to lasso Illinois businesses:
"Although it is unfortunate that Governor Perry is in Illinois campaigning for our businesses to leave our state, it serves as a reminder about the tough economic conditions we are in and the challenges businesses are facing. Our business community cares about this economy and we need to keep pushing for our Governor and legislature to pass business friendly policies that would not encourage them to relocate to other states.
Illinois is still a great state and a great place for business. We need to keep our eyes on the future and work together to get our state back on track."
And Marion's Mayor says he doesn't blame Governor Perry for trying to improve his state. Mayor Butler says he wants to see Illinois leaders step up their efforts to save the state.
"It must be obvious across the country that Illinois is a bad place for business. It means that Illinois is on the ropes. It means that the administration, the executive and the legislative branches are not with it. They're doing something wrong, or to put it another way, they're not doing anything right," Mayor Butler said.