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Gov. Rick Perry's Economic Legacy

Since January 2001, nearly a third of the private-sector jobs created nationwide have been in the Lone Star State. 

Governor Rick Perry was a one-man boon to Texas.

Perry, a onetime Democrat who became governor when George W. Bush was elected president in 2000 … did more than any Texas governor in modern times — and maybe ever — to sell that model nationwide, staging raiding parties on California and other states and offering tens of millions of dollars in incentives to encourage businesses to relocate and do their hiring in Texas. - Mark Z. Barbak, Los Angeles Times 

Since January 2001, nearly a third of the private-sector jobs created nationwide have been in the Lone Star State, Barbak reports. "Our formula for success is simple," Perry told a chamber packed with Republicans who run the House and Senate. "Keep taxes low, implement smart regulations, provide an educated workforce and stop lawsuit abuse at the courthouse."

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