It wasn't your usual legislative hearing. A group of largely Republican California lawmakers and Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled here last week to hear from businesses that have left their state to set up shop in Texas.
"We came to learn why they would pick up their roots and move in order to grow their businesses," says GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue, who organized the trip. "Why does Chief Executive magazine rate California the worst state for job and business growth and Texas the best state?"
"I don't see this as a partisan issue," Mr. Newsom told reporters before the group met with Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry. The former San Francisco mayor has many philosophical disagreements with Mr. Perry, but he admitted he was "sick and tired" of hearing about the governor's success luring businesses to Texas.
Hours after the legislators met with Mr. Perry, another business, Fujitsu Frontech, announced that it is abandoning California. "It's the 70th business to leave this year," says California business relocation expert Joe Vranich. "That's an average of 4.7 per week, up from 3.9 a week last year." The Lone Star State was the top destination, with 14 of the 70 moving there.
Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's Restaurants, was one of many witnesses to bemoan California's hostile regulatory climate. He said it takes six months to two years to secure permits to build a new Carl's Jr. restaurant in the Golden State, versus the six weeks it takes in Texas. California is also one of only three states that demands overtime pay after an eight-hour day, rather than after a 40-hour week. Such rules wreak havoc on flexible work schedules based on actual need. If there's a line out the door at a Carl's Jr. while employees are seen resting, it's because they aren't allowed to help: Break time is mandatory.
"You can't build in California, you can't manage in California and you have to pay a big tax," Mr. Puzder told the legislators. "In Texas, it's the opposite—which is why we're building 300 new stores there this year."
Other states are even snatching away parts of California's entertainment industry. The Milken Institute, based in Santa Monica, Calif., reports that 36,000 entertainment jobs have left the state since 1997. The new film "Battle: Los Angeles," which is set in California, was filmed in Louisiana.
California, by contrast, seems to constantly lose focus. Several Democrats who agreed to go on the Texas trip were pressured by public-employee unions to drop out—and many did. And just as Texas business leaders were testifying about how the state's tort reforms had improved job creation, word came of California's latest priority: On April 14, the state senate passed a bill mandating that all public school children learn the history of disabled and gay Americans.
One speaker from California shook his head in wonder: "You can have the most liberated lifestyle on the planet, but if you can't afford to put gas in your car or a roof over your head it's somewhat limited."
Seems that at least SOME people in California are getting it
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Hey, now here is something that you and I agree on completely.
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I very surprised California politicians didn't see how they were destroying their economy.. years ago.
Viewpoints: How California can add jobs, and prosper as Texas does
We at CKE love California for many reasons, but the hard truth is this: California is the most business-unfriendly state we operate in. While we kept our corporate headquarters here, our company's real job-creating engine has already moved.
It's no coincidence Texas' unemployment rate remains below the national average while California has one of the highest.
wow...i wasn't even aware Newsom is now Lt. Gov...after ruining San Francisco, he is now on to bigger things: to finish of the task of destroying the state of California, not content to have destroyed just SF....and the idiot voters actually voted for him ....i guess idiot voters deserve the idiot politicians they vote for...
i see CA heading the same way as Michigan....after 50 years of democrat rule destroying the state and its economy, the morons keep voting the same corrupt leftists and socialists over and over again, expecting a different result..."we failed because we weren't socialist enough" seems to be the operative philosophy...the failed socialist systems in eastern europe and the ex USSR are not enough proof for the progressives....i guess they weren't 'socialist' enough either...morons beget morons....hope y'all enjoy the ride down the sewer
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"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the States, and too much liberty with the Constitution" - Ronald Reagan
20 - Alamo, Texas (78516)
19 - St. Louis, Missouri (63107)
18 - Gallup, NM (87305)
17 - North Little Rock, Arkansas (72114)
16 - Donna, Texas (78537)
15 - Lamont, CA (93241)
14 - Twentynine Palms, CA (92278)
13 - Louisville, KY (40203)
12 - Baton Rouge, LA (70802)
11 - Corpus Christi, Texas (78405)
10 - Norfolk, VA (23504)
9 - Cleveland, Ohio (44104)
8 - Philadelphia, PA (19133)
7 - Calexico, CA (92231)
6 - Roma, TX (78584)
5 - Mobile, Alabama (36610)
4 - Camp Pendleton (92055)
3 - San Antonio, TX (78202/78207)
2 - Camp Lejune, NC (28542)
1 - El Paso, Texas (79901/79905)
Not really surprised about 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton. I mean, who lives there? Oh ya, nobody really but Marines and it's not like they make a whole lot... I don't even know how they could include Camp Pendleton. I mean, it's not like like I as a civilian even have the option of living there unless I want to get hitched to someone in the Marines (or possibly the Navy).
As for Calexico, it's basically Mexico. Just look at the name I mean nobody really lives in Calexico but there are a whole hell of a lot in Mexicali all of 1 mile away (like 15x the population).
And Bakersfield is where the people in Lamont go to party Kind of surprised Fresno didn't make the list to be honest...
If You Are Unemployed, Should You Move Somewhere Else In Order To Find A Job?
For example, the state of California is basically a financial basket case at this point. In a recent article I discussed the cold, hard reality that California is broke and I explained some of the reasons why millions of people have already left the state.... http://theeconomiccollapseblog.co...find-a-job
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