SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Republican-led group of California lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will head to Texas next week to hear from businesses that left the state.

GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue says the two-day trip is not intended to bash California, but rather examine how Texas has been able to lure companies in recent years. Logue says Texas has added 165,000 jobs during the last three years while California has lost 1.2 million jobs.

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California faces a remaining $15.4 billion budget deficit after Gov. Jerry Brown signed $11.2 billion in spending cuts and fund transfers. The governor now wants a special election to renew recent tax increase.

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Republicans hope the trip to Texas, which is addressing a $27 billion deficit over two years, produces “common-sense ideas” to get businesses growing in California.

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