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Texas Gov. Rick Perry points at himself.
Rick Perry: Businesses should come to Texas because I am the governor and I do not care if they kill people.
Not only does Texas Gov. Rick Perry reject the idea that the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, points to a need for more inspections and oversight of sites that store dangerous chemicals, he's spent this week arguing that Texas' lack of regulation is a reason companies should move their business there from other states. Perry paired a trip to the Bio International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, with a lot of big claims about why Texas is better for business than Illinois:
Perry, in his media campaign which cost some $80,000, said, “I have a word of advice for employers frustrated by Illinois’ short-sighted approach to business: you need to get out while there’s still time. The escape route leads straight to Texas, where limited government, low taxes and a pro-business environment are creating more jobs than any other state.”
Yes, come to Texas, where, like the West Fertilizer Co., you'll receive only the most minimal fines for decades of flagrantly ignoring regulations, rarely be inspected, and when you cause an explosion killing 15 and flattening a town, the governor won't see it as a sign that maybe a few more inspections would have been a good thing. Sure, if that's the business environment you want, you probably can't do any better than Texas—inside the United States, anyway.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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