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Texas to Vernon Biz: If They Disincorporate, You Must Relocate

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A chart from Perry's letter

The state legislature is busy trying to disincorporate scandal-prone Vernon, and Texas Governor Rick Perry smells blood in the water. He's sent a letter to about 60 Vernon-based businesses, including True Religion and J&J Oil, telling them everything is less taxed in Texas, so they ought to consider a move. He writes:

As the State of California continues to support legislation that causes undue burden and taxation on companies doing business in the Los Angeles area, I invite you to consider your future in America's new land of opportunity: the State of Texas. If California doesn't want your business, Texas does. Texas has no personal income tax, and there's no interest in getting one. We are the No. 1 exporting state. Business taxes are low, flat and fair.

In late April, the state Assembly voted to dissolve Vernon and let it be absorbed by LA County; the bill is on its way to the Senate now.
· A new offer for Vernon businesses: Come to Texas! [Sacramento Bee]
· Texas Governor Meddles in Vernon Drama; Tells Businesses to Come to Texas due to AB 46 [CaliforniaCityNews]