ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The battle for business dollars in Missouri just got a lot nastier, as the Show Me State's chief executive rebukes the Texas governor's propositions for companies to move to the Lone Star State.
Governor Jay Nixon bought radio ads on KTRS Tuesday, the same station that yanked Governor Rick Perry's ads telling business owners to move to Texas.
Nixon's ad is about a minute long and it's quite the war of words.
"...One: Missouri has lower property taxes than Texas. And lower sales taxes. Two: Our students score higher on standardized tests. Graduation rates are higher. Three: Missouri's unemployment rate; below the national average for 4 years. And unlike Texas, Missouri has a perfect Triple-A credit rating," Nixon said in the ad. "...And as for the Governor of Texas, he'll learn you don't mess with folks here in the Show Me State."
KSDK political analyst Dave Robertson said the fight between Nixon and Perry is much more about policy than punches. According to him, the real story behind the ads is the governor's veto of a tax cut for businesses in Missouri.
"Perry was invited to help marshal the arguments for overriding that veto," Robertson said. "Nixon has been speaking around the state trying to prevent that from happening."
Governor Nixon previously said he vetoed the tax cut bill because he wanted the money to go toward funding schools and building projects instead.
A spokesman for the governor's office said the radio ad on KTRS cost several thousand dollars to produce. He would not say how much, but said it makes up for the amount of money KTRS lost by pulling Governor Perry's ads.