Politics

California Dreamin'? Gov. Brown knocks Perry appeal for business as 'barely a fart'

Shown here are California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Shown here are California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  (AP)

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are going head to head in a battle for business, as the Lone Star State tries to lure overtaxed Californians. 

Perry this week launched a radio ad in California urging the state's entrepreneurs to "come check out Texas." 

But Brown, in a briefing with reporters Tuesday, tried to brush off the rival governor's advances. "It's not even a burp. It's barely a fart," Brown said, according to The Sacramento Bee

With the ad buy reportedly costing Texas $24,000, Brown called it "the smallest entry into the media market of California." 

"It's a big nothing," Brown said. 

Texas' ad buy, though, is the latest effort by the low-regulation state to attract businesses and residents from across the country. Some Texas officials have appealed to residents of other states -- like New York -- to move to Texas to avoid restrictive gun laws. 

The message about taxes and regulation in California, though, has been a popular one after California imposed a new tax on top earners thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 last year. 

Perry, in his California radio ad, called business in California "next to impossible."