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Governor Perry to present Texas business climate in Missouri

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Governor Rick Perry will travel to Missouri on August 29 to present the benefits of the low taxes that allow hardworking families and employers to keep more of what they earn.

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Every year more than $40 million are leaving Missouri for Texas: the Lone Star State has no state income taxes. Ahead of the governor's trip, a 30-second TV spot began running in several Missouri markets, showcasing the opportunities and freedom available to families and businesses thanks to Texas' fiscal policies.

The TV ad features Texans from all walks of life and will run on stations in St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia-Jefferson City, including KMOV, KSDK, KTVI, KOLR, KOZL, CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, ESPN and the Discovery Channel.

The nine-day, $106,400 TV ad buy and the governor's trip are paid for by TexasOne, no state tax dollars will be used for his travel and accommodations, or for ads. TexasOne is a public-private partnership that markets Texas nationally and internationally as a prime business destination.

While in Missouri, Governor Perry will share Texas' economic success story at meetings with employers and business leaders, a luncheon at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and a speech in Chesterfield. Additionally, Texas Wide Open for Business will feature a special section targeting Missouri businesses and employers who want to learn more about Texas' low taxes, regulations, and workforce.

Texas has no personal income tax, and according to the Tax Foundation, is one of the top 10 best state tax climates in the nation. Missouri has a personal income tax ranging from 1.5 to 6 percent.

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