Filner criticizes Texas Gov. Perry for not telling whole story in effort to lure Calif. companies

Perry on trip to entice firms to move to Texas

SAN DIEGO -  

Mayor Bob Filner said Monday Texas Gov. Rick Perry is only telling part of the story in his highly publicized effort to lure California companies, including a San Diego biotech firm, to the Lone Star state.
   
California officials have been criticizing Perry, who is on a trip to entice firms with his message of lower taxes and fewer regulations. 
 
ResMed, which makes products to diagnose and treat sleep apnea, is reportedly considering moving its operations despite record revenues in its most recent quarter.
   
Interviewed on CNN, Filner said the "incredible innovative economy in California, unparalleled lifestyle, quality education, spectacular beaches and climate" has to be part of the equation for any firm considering where to base itself.
   
Filner said he is working with California Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce regulations on business. Brown said last week that Perry's trip registered as "barely a fart."
   
According to Filner, Perry is sacrificing long-term investments in education quality and environmental protection in exchange for "short-term corporate gains." He said San Diego or California would not make those sacrifices.
   
The lure of no corporate income taxes and fewer regulations won't be enough to make most companies move away from California, Filner said.
   
In an interview published Monday in the San Jose Mercury News, Perry said his state was now the nation's business leader and that the capital of Austin was poised to become the next Silicon Valley. California had lost its way with its tax and regulatory structure, Perry said.
   
Perry was not scheduled to come to San Diego on his latest trip, according to published reports.
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