Which approach will bear greater fruit for Kentucky: Continuing our policy of offering taxpayer-funded handouts to convince companies in other states and countries to bring their jobs to the commonwealth, or making our state’s economy so incredibly alluring that such economic “persuasion” is unnecessary?
The question is rhetorical, but opens the door for other not-so-rhetorical queries about how Kentucky can move from the bottom of the pack to the top of the mountain currently inhabited by other states that actively – and often successfully – lure jobs away from the Bluegrass State.
That mountain top is inhabited by states like Texas and the Dakotas – as indicated by CNBC’s “Top States for Business 2013.”
As you approach the top of that mountain, you will hear Lone Star State Gov. Rick Perry issuing one of his now-famous recruiting calls to businesses in other states.
“Texas is calling,” Perry says in recent TV ads that aired in New York and Connecticut. “Your opportunity awaits.”