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US NEWS PERRY 6 ABA.jpgTexas Gov. Rick Perry peppered his book tour this month with boasts that The Lone Star State had ripped off 153 businesses from The Golden State in the first eight months of the year.

But he was only half right, if that, concluded an exhaustive review of the claim by the Texas branch of Politi-Fact - journalist/fact checkers who call out politicos for their misguided bluster.

The outfit found that Perry's office obtained the figure from business consultants Dun & Bradstreet. What Perry doesn't say is that 92 companies moved from Texas to California during the same period, reducing the net gain to 61. Perry also fails to explain that the D&B figures include companies that stay put but move branches to another state.

On the other hand, it does not count companies that stay in California and open new facilities in another state.

PHOTO: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press


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