He warned us! During a March 18th visit to Western Kentucky, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared that Kentucky was simply unappealing to large corporations and entrepreneurs alike. On Monday, Perry laughed in the face of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with an announcement that Toyota would soon relocate 1000k+ jobs from Erlanger, KY to the suburbs of Dallas, TX.
Back in March, Perry warned Kentuckians by saying: “A Republican majority in the House would allow the commonwealth to catch up in job creation with states like Texas and Tennessee.” He even went a step further to say: “You think Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is not sitting down there kind of looking up here, going ‘Which one of those businesses am I going to come get this next time? He doesn’t have a personal income tax. You’ve got to get rid of those if you’re going to be competitive.”
The Toyota announcement comes just three weeks after “Fruit of the Loom” revealed it’s intentions to transition 600 Kentucky jobs to Honduras by years end. Speaking of which, we caught up with House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover who represents the majority of laborers effected by the “Fruit of the Loom” closure. “The decision by Toyota is further evidence that the business climate and tax structure in this state must change or Kentucky will continue to lose jobs to more business friendly, pro growth states like Texas. These necessary policy changes to make Kentucky more competitive can more readily happen when we change the makeup and leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives,” he said.
In a memo to constituents, Northern Kentucky House Rep. Addia Wuchner too, expressed frustration with the current leadership in Frankfort. “Folks it is time. It has been almost 100 years of Democratic controlled Kentucky House. We can have all the great policy ideas but the current Frankfort House leadership blocks them at every turn and operates under a very different philosophy. Until we can change the culture in Frankfort by changing the leadership in the Kentucky House of Representatives we run the risk of loosing jobs to more pro-business states like Texas,” she said.
While tired Governor Steve Beshear sits quietly on the sidelines, we expect to hear from both Agriculture Commissioner James Comer & GOP candidate for Governor Hal Heiner in the coming hours.
UPDATE: Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer submitted this quote on the Toyota loss: “While I appreciate Toyota’s continued manufacturing growth based in Georgetown, it is disappointing to learn of it’s plans to move 1600 jobs to Texas and Michigan. It underscores Kentucky’s need to change the way it competes with pro-growth states like these in the categories of both job growth and job retention.
Here’s what Twitter is saying about the announcement:
— Independent Texan MG (@TX2005TX) April 28, 2014
The Tri-State blindsided today by news that Toyota is pulling out of Erlanger Kentucky–Tonight @10 what happens to those 1600 jobs? via F
— FOX19 (@FOX19) April 29, 2014
— The NewZ (@TheUsNewz) April 29, 2014
Meanwhile, the Toyota move is a huge win for Texas, who is giving them $30M in subsidies http://t.co/TK6aAHMre7
— Jake Smith (@JakeOSmith) April 28, 2014