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New York is taunting us, but note what CEOs say

A scene from the ad quotes news headlines about Gov. Greg Abbott and others.
A scene from the ad quotes news headlines about Gov. Greg Abbott and others. YouTube.com

New York doesn’t get the best of Texas very often.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new TV ads airing here challenge Texans.

Pulling no punches, the New York Open Door Campaign” ads beckon businesses to move there away from anti-LGBT discrimination in Texas, North Carolina and Mississippi.

The stars are prominent business leaders.

After a scene of headlines including “Gov. [Greg] Abbott says public officials can discriminate against gay people” (Houston Press), MasterCard President Ajaypal Singh Banga says: “The diversity of New York is the strength of New York.”

Pepsico Chairwoman Indra Nooyi says: “New York doesn’t just make us feel at home. It makes everyone feel at home.”

Both are immigrants, but the timing of the campaign promotes New York’s role in protecting LGBT equal rights.

In a terse reply on Twitter, Abbott wrote how the ads omit how “New York led the way in taxes, regulations, union abuses [and] high living costs and how New Yorkers are fleeing to Texas.”

He’s right. As a place to do business, Texas has tremendous advantages over New York.

Texans will uphold our historic traditions of opportunity and success. But some executives may want more than low taxes.

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