“If you’re tired of the same old recipe — of over-taxation, over-regulation and frivolous litigation — get out before you go broke,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in ads aired throughout the Northeast. Though New Yorkers were distinctly not receptive to Perry’s push to get workers to relocate to Texas (check out this local’s expletive-laden response to Perry from the Daily Show), Perry’s not the only Governor who is trying to attract out-of-state workers. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are all trying to sweet talk strangers into moving to their states.
South Dakota was named the best state in America for business by CNBC this year, but it has a hard time finding laborers to fill its positions. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard opened a kiosk in the Mall of America to attract workers from neighboring Minnesota to his state. “I like to think South Dakota is not stealing employees, but providing refuge,” Gov. Daugaard said. In addition, the state has hired private recruiting firms, paying up to $5 million to lure in 1,000 new workers in fields like engineering, finance and information technology, as well as hundreds of skilled manufacturing workers.
Delaware is not only trying to lure workers like South Dakota, but also trying to get businesses from other states to set up camp. In a piece written for CNBC, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said he’s reforming the state’s unemployment insurance system to reduce its burden on employers and is currently working on modifying or eliminating more than 140 state regulations to make it easier to do business.
But it’s not just surly New Yorkers telling out-of-state governors where they can put their jobs. Even the “Minnesota nice” have their hackles up against South Dakota’s carpet bagging. In a piece for the Minneapolis- St. Paul Star Tribune, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development Mark Phillips said, “I’m always tempted to make a quip about the phrase, ‘Then you have to live in South Dakota,’ ” he said of Gov. Daugaard’s attempts to get workers to move. “Quality of life is still one of the top site selection criteria for companies because they have to be able to attract employees.”
In Connecticut, where Gov. Perry has tried to cash in on the discontent of gun manufacturers following a new crop of regulations, Gov. Dannel Malloy showed up uninvited to a luncheon Perry organized for Connecticut business executives. Malloy’s Communications Director tweeted about the surprise drop-in, which was no doubt an attempt to defend home turf, labeling it #YankeeHospitality. Gov. Jerry Brown of California had the best quip in response to Gov. Perry’s hard press for out of state business. After hearing Gov. Perry’s radio ads about the impossibility of building companies in California, Brown said, “It’s not a burp, it’s barely a fart.”