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Companies tempted toward Texas

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Governor Perry says he'll continue trying to lure California businesses to move to Texas, after a recent effort didn't yield any deals.

He has reason to be encouraged.

In 2011, more than 250 California companies moved all or part of their business to other states, and Texas was a frequent destination.

Refuse collector Waste Connections moved it's corporate headquarters from suburban Sacramento to The Woodlands a year ago, citing out-of-control state taxes and regulation.

Leaders for the multi-billion dollar company say they found a quality of life and business they could not find back home.

Company CEO Ron Mittelstaedt says, "The differences between California and Texas, from a black and white standpoint of business, are so stark that it's a pretty easy decision."

Business analysts say companies that move to more business-friendly environments can save between 20% and 30% in expenses.

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