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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Rips Rick Perry In Washington Post Op-Ed

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Rips Rick Perry In Washington Post Op-Ed

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley thinks Texas governor Rick Perry should take a page from his governing record — not a tour of his state — to spur job creation in Texas.

O’Malley, a Democrat and potential 2016 presidential candidate, took to the opinion pages of the Washington Post on Wednesday to defend his own record and air his grievances with the Republican Perry. As Post readers perused the op-ed page in the morning, Rick Perry was visiting the Beretta gun manufacturing factory in Accokeek, MD as part of his business tour of the state.

This isn’t the first time Perry has toured a Democratic state in an attempt to lure businesses to Texas. In February 2013, he and Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) got into a public spat over Perry’s “business recruitment trip” in California. Brown’s office pointed to California’s business-friendly record to dismiss Perry’s trip.

“I can understand why Rick Perry is interested in California. We were the national jobs leader for most of the last year with 257,000 new private sector jobs,” said Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “But business relocations only account for 0.03 percent of annual job losses in California. At that rate of growth, it would take 20 years to lose just 1 percent of our businesses to relocation.”

Similarly, O’Malley called attention to the business climate Maryland enjoys, to rebuke Governor Perry. His argument: Perry’s conservative record in Texas has not helped Texans find jobs or move into the middle class; his own liberal policies in Maryland, however, have been beneficial to his constituents.

First, the Maryland governor offered statistical data to show how Perry’s conservative policies have been detrimental to Texans searching for work.

“Perry and like-minded Republican governors subscribe to the slash-and-burn economic philosophy — a belief that ‘less’ will somehow become “‘more,'” O’Malley argued. “In Texas, he has implemented this vision with gusto, cutting taxes and slashing funding for critical middle-class priorities such as public schools, higher education, health care and infrastructure. The results? Texas ranks 49th in high school graduation10th in the rate of poverty and 50th in the percent of residents with even basic health insurance.”

O’Malley then compared job and income numbers to show how Maryland and Texas match up.

“My administration has made Maryland a better place to do business by focusing on middle-class and sustainable jobs. In addition to being No. 1 in median incomethe median wage for hourly workers in Maryland is $14.17 vs. $12.00 in Texas, which lags the national median of $12.80,” the op-ed reads. “And while Texas leads the nation in minimum-wage workers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Maryland first in the nation in innovation and entrepreneurship, second in concentration of science, technology, engineering and math jobs and third for its ‘talent pipeline.'”

O’Malley also talked about Maryland’s superior public education, to account for his state’s high marks. “Maryland did more than any other state to hold down rising college tuition costs,” he wrote. “We modernized infrastructure and invested in growing sectors such as biotechnology and life science, green technology and clean energy, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.”

It’s unlikely Perry will take O’Malley’s advice; he’s actually moving in a completely different direction. Instead of investing in schools and a higher median wage for hourly workers, Perry is lobbying gun manufacturers to move their businesses to the Lone Star State. For example, after Connecticut passed a gun control law, Perry reportedly tweeted to a Connecticut gun manufacturer: “Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down.”

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  • Sand_Cat

    More guns for Texas!
    Maybe some people will shoot up some more schools down there. After all, Perry may someday need something or someone to blame for his failures in education, though maybe he’ll have been out of office for years – replaced by a clone, no doubt – before the light begins to dawn on the voters in his state.

    • nomoretraitors

      Ya know where all the shooting is going on? DC, NYC, Chicago, all the gun control capitals of the country. Funny how that works…

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Perry can do all the calling he wants. Unfortunately, thanks to his education cuts, Texas does not have the industrial education programs available in places like Connecticut, New York or Maryland. There you can have someone who is a High School graduate, with a certificate in CAM, CAD or CNC operations, and already has completed his or her apprentice machinist program, with a Journeyman’s book, ready to walk into many of these precision manufacturing environments, spend maybe two months learning the unique “knobology” of the facility and work independently after that.
    In Texas, there is nothing similar, and companies will lose between 50 and 80 percent of the hirees within six months due to lack of ability to handle the job. Those that remain will need somewhere between one and two years of close supervision to learn the basic responsibilities. These companies cannot afford that much “loss time” of their production added to the “loss time” during the move and relocation of equipment to afford to take Perry up on his offer.
    Add to that, given the education system, why would a man relocate his family to a location where his kids are less likely to get a decent education, and where his employer can fire him for wearing the wrong color socks. What do I mean by that? Texas calls itself a “right to work” State. What that actually means is a company has the right to fire any employee it feels like without needing to specify a cause for dismissal other than “he didn’t work out”.

  • johninPCFL

    When Perry talks about all of the jobs added in Texas, he fails to mention that nearly half were new government jobs. Nice record for a “small government conservative”.

  • montanabill

    Maryland would be entirely like inner city Baltimore were it not for government jobs, contracts and the endless spending of Washington.