California politicians visit California jobs … in Texas

posted at 3:35 pm on April 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When California politicians want to visit California jobs, they increasingly have to leave California to do so.  That’s why Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom traveled with a small entourage of other Golden State politicians to Texas, the biggest beneficiary of California’s economic policies.  So many jobs have fled California to Texas, John Fund writes for the Wall Street Journal, that the governing class needed lessons from Texas Governor Rick Perry on how not to repel business:

“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?”

The contrast is undeniable. Texas has added 165,000 jobs during the last three years while California has lost 1.2 million. California’s jobless rate is 12% compared to 8% in Texas.

“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.

In fact, those jobs are moving so quickly that the politicians can’t keep up with them.  While California’s delegation visited Texas, another major business announced its intention to move.  Fujitsu Frontech, a major high-tech company, will move its manufacturing facilities from Foothill Ranch, California to New York. The announcements of the move didn’t indicate how many jobs this entails, but it’s probably not minimal, and California can hardly stand to lose any at the moment.

Newsom wants to position himself as a “pro-jobs Democrat,” but that’s been an oxymoron in California for decades.  If Newsom wants to reverse that trend, he’ll have to start eliminating the red tape that forces business owners to take as long as two years to build and launch locations, as Carls Jr/Hardees executive Andy Pudzer told the group.  The state needs to rid itself of its penchant for regulation, especially demonstrated in the episode concerning the California Air Resource Board’s use of a questionable study authored by an academic fraud that not only threatens to put independent trucking companies out of business, but also honest scientists that blow the whistle on the unseemly relationship between state-based Academia and regulatory boards such as CARB.

And that doesn’t even start to address California’s ridiculously high taxes, and the overly progressive nature of its income tax system that guarantees revenue crashes during economic downturns.

Until Californians come to grips with the fact that they have overregulated the state into non-competitiveness, taxed it to the point of overwhelming investor risk, and continue to spend far beyond its means, jobs will continue to disappear from the Golden State at a rapid pace.  Their only other hope is that the NRLB decides to enforce the Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Law they discovered when dealing with Boeing.


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“Why does Chief Executive magazine rate California the worst state for job and business growth and Texas the best state?”

How about reading the magazine?

IndieDogg on April 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Newsom can call any businessperson in California and get a straightforward answer. He really didn’t need to travel all the way to Austin to figure this out. What a tool.

LASue on April 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I knew the Karcher family back in the day, the folks who started Carls Jr. They were true blue Californians, and the state has kicked them in the teeth.

More companies said adios last week.

http://tinyurl.com/3fze6ga

PattyJ on April 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Fujitsu Frontech, a major high-tech company, will move its manufacturing facilities from Foothill Ranch, California to New York.

How is that a net plus? Because NY is so well known for their positive and supportive business environment?

ramrants on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

California for decades over taxed and over-regulated many great and profitable companies. They rationalized this on the basis of what they pridefully called “the Sunshine Premium.”

Most of those companies wised up and left years ago … And not overseas, but to states like Texas, Arizona, and even Kentucky.

It’s only morons like California politicians that need to take a field trip to Texas to figure out exactly how they screwed the proverbial pooch.

marybel on April 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Lt.Gov Gavin Newsome? Of the second coming of the Governor Moonbeam administration? I had forgotten just how stuck on stupid California voters were in 2010.

Quick- we need an amendment against state bailouts. These tools are obviously not going to fix this on their own.

“I don’t see this as a partisan issue,” Mr. Newsom told reporters before the group met with Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

No, you wouldn’t. It’s just something that happens (to demonrat controlled states).

2ipa on April 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on April 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM

LMAO….add approx 4 oz’s rubbing alcohol (or 3 shots high-end vodka…lol).

Tim_CA on April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

this isn’t rocket science…

as far as burgers go, i’m not near any of the chains being mentioned. i’ll go w/ an Arby’s beef-n-cheddar any day though.

toenail on April 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Like I don’t already have enough to be P-O’d about living here in Cali. Now my taxes are going to send Gavin Newsome and others to Texas to find out why these companies are leaving the state? Crap, just ask any small business owner in the state (CA) and they would give these media hungry jerks a hundred reasons why the state is going down the crapper.

Geez!

jbh45 on April 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

The company I worked for moved its operation center from California to Texas in the mid-nineties. They cited the lack of common sense among the politicians as the leading cause.

john1schn on April 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

“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.

If they really have to ask, they are well and truly screwed.

Big John on April 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

My one son’s company has informed them that they are moving to Canada. My other son has been working at In n Out while attending college and has been asked to move to Texas to help with the new stores there. He is seriously considering it and wants his brother to go with him and look for a job in his field there. He doesn’t want to leave this wonderful weather but eventually I imagine we all will be leaving.

Rose on April 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Rose Texas has nice weather.

terryannonline on April 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

No need to leave the state to figure this out. All they needed to do was start reading basic economics or conservative blogs. We all know what the problem is. This group will have spent time researching this only to go home and say “we need more green jobs, lets raise the gasoline tax to pay for it!” They will never learn.

Dog bites on April 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Is it wise to put a caption that reads “giant sucking sound” under a picture of Gavin Newsome?

KeepOhioRed on April 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Wow, even Carlos Santana is moving his business enterprises (record label, guitar lines, clothing lines, etc) and himself to Las Vegas. While his headquarters are staying in CA, it was noted that he is taking his community support stuff (charities, outreach, etc) with him. The author said this was a benefit to the local community that a price tag can’t be placed on.

Big John on April 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

But we need to raise taxes so we can support all the illegals in the state, otherwise they may leave and who will bolster the demonrat voter roles.
/s

xplodeit on April 22, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I was involved with this weasel when he went to a Stanford to lecture on morality This is why no moral person gives the thieve of Stanford any money. As he has none, being called out created an issue. Stanford supported his lies. Look at the weasel. A crook if one ever existed.

proconstitution on April 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Whataburger is king of Texas hamburgers. Always.

carbon_footprint on April 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

“Why does Chief Executive magazine rate California the worst state for job and business growth ….?”

If you have to ask that question, you are a blind dolt, and no amount of taxpayer funded field trips to other states are going to provide you the insight needed to fix the problem.

AZfederalist on April 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM

He doesn’t want to leave this wonderful weather but eventually I imagine we all will be leaving.

Rose on April 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Rose Texas has nice weather.

terryannonline on April 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I lived in Plano, Texas for 8 years, followed by 5 years in Long Beach, Ca., after spending my first 40 years in the upper Midwest. Texas weather was nice but California weather, especially near the ocean, was spectacular! Having said that, I was never so happy as the day I left Ca. for Franklin, Tn. three years ago. Goodbye and good riddance!

PatMac on April 22, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

How’s Tejas, darlin’?

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Welcome to Texas! :D

capejasmine on April 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Yes, welcome! Try the Whataburger with jalapenos.

Ward Cleaver on April 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

CA IS SCREWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

txag92 on April 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

They’ve been screwed for a long time now. They just haven’t realized it yet.

mizflame98 on April 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

They make what I so lovingly call the Eddie Murphy’s Welfare Burger. They’re awesome!

mizflame98 on April 22, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I’m a native Californian and when my husband and I left the state for good in 2004 (Whew! …just in time), we did so regretfully. However, we knew we could never retire there with the high taxes, crazy politics, and increasingly crowded conditions. Looks like nothing has changed. What a shame.

StarLady on April 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Wow, even Carlos Santana is moving his business enterprises (record label, guitar lines, clothing lines, etc) and himself to Las Vegas.
Big John on April 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Wow, that is surprising! This is a testament to just how bad things are getting in CA when a fellow flaming liberal like Carlos bails the state taking all of his charities with him.

One of my co-workers from years ago lived right around the corner from Carlos in Martinez CA. I moved out of CA in 1993 and haven’t looked back. The fact these morons spent tax payer money to learn about something that should be as plain as the nose on their faces proves without a doubt how delusional, out of touch, and hypocritical liberals are. Seriously, this would be hilarious if it weren’t so utterly pathetic!

As others have said it doesn’t take an economic genius to figure out why California went from the 2nd largest economy in the world (2nd only to the entire US economy) is now in the crapper…but since the hypocritical moron liberals can’t figure it out (despite the fact they single-handedly killed CA’s economy) here are just a few clues for the clueless:

1 – Out of control taxes to pay for all of the “feel-good” liberal programs and generation after generation of deadbeats using gubment assistance as a way of life and further strengthens the “entitlement” mentality and way of life.

2 – Out of control environmental, health and safety regulations

3 – Out of control employee “rights” that allow for workers compensation claims for things like “stress” and other BS ailments

4 – Failure to enforce immigration laws (e.g., sanctuary city policies) and the associated costs linked to illegal immigration

5 – Turning the once fertile and prosperous central valley into a dust bowl to “save” the delta smelt

Also, liberals must be terrible at math because:

NOT BEING BUSINESS FRIENDLY LEADS TO

Businesses leaving in droves that leads to

Loss of tax base, loss of jobs, generational welfare recipients/entitlement bloodsuckers

…then all you are left with are those with their hands out and A BIG FAT DEFECIT!

…I could go on and on but anyone with half a brain could figure out why CA is in such dire straits yet Newsom found it necessary to travel to TX to figure out the obvious? It just proves liberals are delusional, hypocritical, and utterly moronic!

Liberty or Death on April 23, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Stores going under should post signs in the window explaining what crippling policy is driving them under.

DON’T DIE QUIETLY !

kurtzz3 on April 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Great idea…love it!

Liberty or Death on April 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Believe me….the LAST thing they are is liberal.

The MAKERS are going the TAKERS are staying.
We’re doomed.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Exactly…that’s the problem with socialism…eventually you run out of other people’s money and all you are left with are the takers and as anyone with a functioning synapse knows this is not a sustainable situation and eventually the house of cards will fall!

Liberty or Death on April 23, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Ditto. I finally left in 2007.

chemman on April 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I saw the writing on the wall and escaped to AZ in 1993…better late then never guys!

Liberty or Death on April 23, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Newsom can call any businessperson in California and get a straightforward answer. He really didn’t need to travel all the way to Austin to figure this out. What a tool.

LASue on April 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Heh

If he can’t figure out he is stepping on someone’s head, going to Texas won’t help.

And how much did that junket cost?

entagor on April 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Texas rulez

jediwebdude on April 23, 2011 at 1:00 AM

How’s Tejas, darlin’?

OmahaConservative on April 22, 2011 at 9:34 PM

It’ll be great once both of us are working-I’m still looking-…and despite being treated with Frontline Plus…I though I saw flea dirt on my tortie as I was giving her the new months dose.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2011 at 1:44 AM

California is just losing.

Glad I left.

IUnknown on April 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM

California is just losing.

Glad I left.

IUnknown on April 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM

ILL-annoyz is the same way.
Glad I left!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2011 at 2:03 AM

This isn’t just a Democrat trip. There are a bunch of “conservative” Republicans going along for the ride. The usual bullshit GOP do-nothing hogwash.

The main reason the Democrats took over this state was the complete corruption and ineptitude of the Republican Party. The GOP had the Governor and both houses a couple decades ago and, just as they did under Bush, the “moderates” sat on the conservatives and spent and fattened the government. Eventually enough RINOs voted with the Dems they gave virtual control to the opposition party. That was the end of the GOP in California. The Republican Party needs a total blood transfusion or a merciful death.

The #2 reason California’s gone to hell is Term Limits. That transferred power and influence from legislators to lobbyists and bureaucrats. Anyone who thinks Term Limits will improve accountability to the voters is ignoring the actual results of its implementation.

rcl on April 23, 2011 at 7:09 AM

What they need to do is raise taxes that will surely bring in more jobs. They have been on the right course but just haven’t gone far enough. dolts! lol

mullethead on April 23, 2011 at 7:27 AM

If you listen to O’bama he says small business owners are taking from the economy. When in actuality they are creating wealth and jobs by providing a service or selling a product. The only ones to “take” are the welfare recipeints which CA. has plenty of. typical dim thought process. (all screwed up)

mullethead on April 23, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Boy, between the 10% sales tax, 10% income tax, 2% property tax, ever-increasing state fees, a police force that’s more focused on collecting fines for minor traffic offenses than fighting actual crime, still-overpriced real estate, failed public schools, failed universities, punishing environmental and labor regulations, a Democrat supermajority led by an old hippie geezer who opened the door for state employee unions, and multi-billion dollar budget deficits, I’m starting to think this isn’t the best place for me anymore!

Idaho’s looking pretty nice right now. $150,000 gets you a four-bedroom on a quarter acre there. Here it gets you a one-bedroom condo in the Oakland warzone.

TheMightyMonarch on April 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

California is just losing broken.

Glad I left.

IUnknown on April 23, 2011 at 1:51 AM

FIFY.

TheMightyMonarch on April 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Is it wise to put a caption that reads “giant sucking sound” under a picture of Gavin Newsome?

KeepOhioRed on April 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Thanks, I just threw up in my mouth a little.

TheMightyMonarch on April 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

My parents left southern CA in 1970. They decided they did not want their children (my sister and me) going through the public school system down there. So, they moved to Oregon. Not a bad place to grow up, then.

But, my wife and I left Oregon for Idaho in 2005 for much the same reasons, poor schools and high taxes.

JohnTheBuilder on April 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

They went for one reason, the photo op. It’s worked so far.

And all of you have been bailing out CA for years. Bush makes Medicare bail out our Medicaid because the illegals were sending ERs into bankruptcy. Today CA is borrowing millions from the feds (ultimately China) to keep the unemployment checks flowing.

It will take The Big One for the rest of you to get rid of the responsibility for us. So help us beat the liberals!

PattyJ on April 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Yes, welcome! Try the Whataburger with jalapenos.

Ward Cleaver on April 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Jalapenos you say?…Interesting.

Wonder when we’ll get a Whataburger here in Califo….oh yeah, nevermind.

Tim_CA on April 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM

“I don’t see this as a partisan issue,” Mr. Newsom told reporters before the group met with Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Real life example of TAX THE RICH! Even Demorats don’t like taxes.

Herb on April 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Californians are idiots.

They had, in 1980 the seventh largest economy in the world, including some of the world’s leading agriculture, manufacturing, technology, workers, and weather. They screwed it all up with ever-increasing taxes and “green” regulation along with generous welfare benefits with easy qualification.

They literally killed the goose which laid golden eggs in the space of a couple of decades. Now, by starving the valley of water for some nuisance fish which is “endangered,” they are destroying some of the most fruitful land in the world, too.

It is getting close to the point where it would be an economic benefit to the US and the world if California did indeed just fall into the Pacific.

One thing MUST be made perfectly clear to every Californian and every Republican officeholder or office-seeker in the rest of the country: no bailout of their folly will be tolerated by the rest of us.

Adjoran on April 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

“We came to learn why they would pick up their roots and move…”

Is he kidding? No really. And this guy was a Republican? Truly dense, and quite discouraging.

curved space on April 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

This is an encouraging development. California is too important to allow it to continue rotting like it is today.

AshleyTKing on April 23, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Stupid — there have been regular Tea Parties at the steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento that have gone over all of the items that the Texans told these politicos several times in the past 2 years. All this blithering idiots have done is walked briskly passed, mocked us, make local businesses put up signs supporting state employees, and added more draconian regulations. They have even created stricter rules for protests around the state Capitol that make it even harder to host Tea Party events.

Mutnodjmet on April 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Fixing California – A Reform Agenda

Mutnodjmet on April 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Our politicians have to go to Texas to ask why businesses are leaving California. Could there be any greater indication that the situation here is hopeless.

SukieTawdry on April 23, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I’ve been here two weeks and I still haven’t tried ‘em.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Yes, welcome! Try the Whataburger with jalapenos.

Ward Cleaver on April 22, 2011 at 10:18 PM

When in Houston try Beck’s for a burger and when in the mood for Italian try The Grotto.

This trip by California politicians is further proof that you cannot fix stupid.

Bubba Redneck on April 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Let them leave and let the Libtards rot in their Socialist Utopia.

Soon you won’t be able to tell LA from Pyongyang!

Bubba Redneck on April 23, 2011 at 9:04 PM

My parents left southern CA in 1970. They decided they did not want their children (my sister and me) going through the public school system down there. So, they moved to Oregon. Not a bad place to grow up, then.

But, my wife and I left Oregon for Idaho in 2005 for much the same reasons, poor schools and high taxes.

JohnTheBuilder on April 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Yeah in the 1980′s the Californians moved up to Washington en mass and made it “California North”. I can see why you went to Idaho. I suggest Idaho start installing some barbed wire fences along the border.

Bubba Redneck on April 23, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Fujitsu Frontech, a major high-tech company, will move its manufacturing facilities from Foothill Ranch, California to New York.

How is that a net plus? Because NY is so well known for their positive and supportive business environment?

ramrants on April 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

From the fire into frying pan. The kind of move only a libtard would make.

Slowburn on April 23, 2011 at 11:35 PM

…pro-jobs Democrat…

We call them Republicans.

iconoclast on April 24, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Oh, oh. The Californeeeeans have already ruined Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Colorado. I think it’s time for the Welcome to Texas, Now Please GO HOME bumper stickers.

redwhiteblue on April 24, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Make no mistake – the Blue State Socialists will never learn – they will not alter their job killing policies to benefit their states.

WHAT THEY WILL DO – is attack the business friendly states – most of which are in the south.

THIS TIME – WE’RE IN THE RIGHT.

Just remember that.

HondaV65 on April 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Restore the local property tax and sales tax revenue to localities that spend the money. In other words, divorce the local governments from dependency on Sacramento. If local government starts harming the local economy, they will lose revenue. Local control is certainly a conservative virtue.

In Maryland, each county gets to set an income tax rate (on the 1% level) which is collected by the state and then sent to the county. That’s probably a better idea than property or sales taxes, which muck around more with finances.

Count to 10 on April 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

How is this not already a 2012 position ad by the GOP with “DUH!” splattered across every frame in 128-pt type?

Voiceover: California democrats don’t get why jobs are fleeing their state.
Graphic: DUH!
VO: Obama democrats dont get why their poliicies are shrinking the tax base. [Line graph with arrow trending down and inflation trending up]
Graphic: “Democrats propose new taxes to meet bloated out-of-control spending”
Graphic: DUH
Video: Obama hawking another crappy green initiative.
Graphic: DUH!
Video: Headlines of ‘Obama crushing energy production with moratoriums while opening door to Brazil drilling’
Graphic: DUH!
Voiceover: Obama and the democrats still clinging to utopian delusions when economic freedom is the only answer. DUH!
Graphic: Obama faceplam.

Western_Civ on April 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

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