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Rick Perry on Jobs

Republican Governor (TX)


Focus on bringing jobs back from China like we did in Texas

ROMNEY [on videotape]: I will label China as it is, a currency manipulator, and I will go after them for stealing our intellectual property, and they will recognize that if they cheat, there is a price to pay.

PERRY: What we need to be focused on in this country today is not whether or not we're going to have this policy or that policy. What we need to be focused on is how we get America working again. That's where we need to be focused. I can promise you that we do that and we'll create an environment in this country where the manufacturing will come back to this country. We did it in Texas. We brought CHI Manufacturing, that had business in China, back to the state of Texas. You free up this country's entrepreneurs where they know that they can risk their capital and have a chance to have a return on investment and all of this conversation that we're having [on a trade war with China] becomes substantially less impactful.

Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH , Oct 11, 2011

Texas has been the #1 state for relocation for last 5 years

Q: Most of your opponents on the stage have a specific jobs plan on paper that people can read. Where is your jobs plan?

PERRY: Well, you will see a more extensive jobs plan. But the fact of the matter is, you look at the state of Texas and see what we've done there. People understand that the state of Texas, during the last decade, something special happened there. It was the number one state for relocation for five years in a row. And we plan on keeping it that way.

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

Pull back on job-killing regulations

Q: With regards to jobs, how are you going to turn this country around?

A: Americans want a leader who's got a proven record of job creation. 1) we get rid of Obamacare. 2) we pull back all of those regulations that are job-killing today, whether it's Dodd-Frank or whether it's the EPA. And then 3) we sit with Congress and we lower those corporate tax rates, we lower those personal tax rates, and then we put our plan to make America energy independent, and that is the way you get America working again

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M

Q: You have touted your state's low taxes, the lack of regulation, and tough tort reform as the recipe for job growth in Texas, but no other state has more working at or below the minimum wage. Is that the kind of answer Americans are looking for?

A: Actually, what Americans are looking for is someone who can get this country working again. And we put the model in place in the state of Texas. When you look at what we have done over the last decade, we created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas. At the same time, America lost 2.5 million.

Q: But the counterargument is the number of low-wage jobs and that unemployment is better in over half the states than it is right now in Texas.

A: Well, the first part of that comment is incorrect, becaus 95% of all the jobs that we've created have been above minimum wage. So I'm proud of what we've done in the state of Texas. And for the White House or anyone else to be criticizing creation of jobs now in America, I think is a little bit hypocritical.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

FactCheck: Texas has highest number of minimum wage workers

When Rick Perry thumped his chest over his job-creation record as governor, he left the bad parts out. Yes, employment has grown by more than 1 million since Perry took office in Texas. But a lot of those jobs are not well paid.

Perry said, "95% of all the jobs that we've created have been above minimum wage." To support the claim, the Perry campaign provided federal statistics for Dec. 2010 showing only 5.3% of all jobs in Texas pay the minimum wage. But those figures represent all workers, not just the new jobs, for which data are unavailable. And that does not account for low-wage jobs that may be barely above the minimum wage. 51% of all Texas workers make less than $33,000 a year. Only 30% make more than $50,000 a year. Nationally, Texas ranked 34th in median household income from 2007 to 2009. About 9.5% of Texas hourly workers, excluding those who are paid salaries, earn the minimum wage or less, tying Mississippi for the highest percentage in the nation.

Source: AP FactCheck on 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA , Sep 7, 2011

FactCheck: Jobs grew faster in TX under Perry's predecessors

[We fact-checked this exchange from the debate]:

PERRY: Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.

ROMNEY: Well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessor created jobs at a faster rate than you did, governor.

PERRY: That's not correct.

ROMNEY: Yes, that is correct.

THE FACTS: Romney was correct. Romney accurately stated that George W. Bush--even without his predecessor--saw jobs grow at a faster rate during his 1994-2000 years as governor than Perry has during his 11 years governing Texas. Employment grew by about 1.32 million during Bush's six years in office. Employment during Perry's years has grown about 1.2 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: AP FactCheck on 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA , Sep 7, 2011

FactCheck: Texas job growth is strong, but pre-dated Perry

Perry says Texas accounted for 48% of jobs created after recession's end, in an interview with Glenn Beck.

We recognize that job-gain boasts can overreach. An example: Perry's 2009 claim that about 70% of the jobs created in the US from November 2007-0 were in Texas. That was based on statistics from the 14 states in which job gains outnumbered job losses, and disregarded any jobs created in the other 36 states.

Perry got his new figures from the Dallas Federal Reserve, who subtracted the number of Texas jobs in June 2009 (10,287,000) from the jobs as of April 2011 (10,524,000) and determining the 237,000 increase accounted for 48% of the 496,000 jobs gained nationally over that period.

However, the Texas economy has been roaring since 1990, long before Perry became governor, including phenomenal job growth.

The strength of the Texas economy, compared to many other states, isn't in dispute. However, there are many ways to slice and dice employment statistics. Mark Perry's statement Half True.

Source: FactCheck on 2011 Presidential primary by PolitiFact.com , Jun 14, 2011

70% of all jobs created in the US last year were in Texas

From November 2007 to November 2008, roughly 70% of the jobs created in the US were in Texas. Think about that for a moment. Our state is home to one out of ten Americans, but seven out of ten new American jobs were created here in the Lone Star State.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 27, 2009

More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers.

signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on 2002 Farm Bill 01-SGA5 on Sep 9, 2001

Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax".

signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on FUTA 01-SGA7 on Feb 27, 2001

Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship.

signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 08: Farm Bill Reauthorization 01-WGA08 on Aug 14, 2001

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Jobs: Rick Perry on other issues:

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MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
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NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
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NM-2:Steve Pearce
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NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
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OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
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PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
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