Video: Toyota bailing on California

posted at 12:41 pm on April 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The world’s leading automotive maker will follow the lead of its competitors and other large businesses, and leave California for better business climates elsewhere. Toyota had its US headquarters in Torrance for more than three decades, but now nearly 5,000 jobs will shift to Texas:

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans. …

The automaker won’t be the first big company Texas has poached from California.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los Angeles to Houston, making it one of around 60 companies that have moved to Texas since July 2012, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry last month visited the California to recruit companies. The group Americans for Economic Freedom also recently launched a $300,000 advertising campaign in which Perry contends 50 California companies have plans to expand or relocate in Texas because it offers a better business climate.

Like these other companies, Toyota could also save money in an environment of lower business taxes, real estate prices and cost of living.

Torrance mayor Frank Scotto said he was blindsided by the decision, although he knew Toyota planned a major announcement for today. KCAL-9 reported on the move last night:

Scotto also told the LA Times that the move made sense. Higher workers-comp and liability requirements in California, not to mention higher taxes, make California an unattractive destination for business creation and expansion. It’s gotten so bad that the money saved in those areas can pay for a massive move of a national headquarters — and more and more companies are beginning to see the cost benefits of such a move out of the Golden State.

The move makes sense in other ways, the LA Times points out. It puts the national headquarters much closer to the actual production facilities, but it also makes it easier to travel out to the major locations within the US, thanks to the hub-and-spoke air system the US uses and the easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Neither of those would be enough to justify the massive expense of this relocation on its own, though. Toyota wants to shake itself loose from California’s high-tax, low-service environment and put its trust in smaller-footprint government in Texas. The question isn’t so much why as it is what took them so long.

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left. High-speed rail boondoggles aren’t going to save the Golden State — they may well contribute to sinking it.


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God Bless Texas

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Relative freedom wins again.

Akzed on April 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The South will rise again?

Bmore on April 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

My little Texas Tornado Toyota.

portlandon on April 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Maybe Gov. Moonbeam will debate Gov. Perry on different governing policies and economies…nah…

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

If the socialists don’t stage a coup in Texas I might like to move there.

crankyoldlady on April 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“Hum hum hum hum low taxes for everyone”

MaiDee on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Don’t mess with Texas!

musicman88 on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Good going!!! Go Texas!!!

Go Bmore!!!

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Plano?
Why won’t any company relocate to west Texas?!!!
*pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Rick Perry – can you say POTUS resume?

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

*pout*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

You’re cute as hell when you do that.

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Just leave your liberal inclinations behind…we don’t need any of that crap in the Lone Star State.

SMO on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The South will Freedom rise again?

Bmore on April 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

FIFY

DinaRehn on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Ah yes, my ancestral homeland continues to sink into it’s self-made cesspool.

Don’t mess with Texas.

Obama/Pelosi/Reid – observe and learn, you dimwits.

Chuck Ef on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The Lone *Star State,…excellent!!

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Just leave your liberal inclinations behind…we don’t need any of that crap in the Lone Star State.

SMO on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That’s what worries me. Liberalism is like a virus. These people move to areas with lower taxes and better standards of living, but they bring their bass-ackwards voting habits with them. Before you know it, the place is being run by liberals, and then they turn the place into a dump just like the one they left.

See: Pennsylvania

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left. High-speed rail boondoggles aren’t going to save the Golden State — they may well contribute to sinking it.

“Here’s why. Just take a look at how each state went about building a bullet train.

It’s a tale of two states:

In Texas: A bullet train was suggested and approved for construction from Houston to Dallas, financed totally through private business. Total cost for this venture is $10 billion with a completion date as scheduled. No increase in fees, overages or extensions are expected. In this case, no government funding is either anticipated or needed.

In California: The project is government funded. The original cost for the link from Los Angeles to The Bay Area was estimated to cost $45 billion but is now projected to cost $68.4 billion. The Bullet train’s original 220 mph speed has been cut to a more conventional speed due to the local environment and the agency overseeing the project is $54 billion short for completion of the project. An additional $38 billion is needed in federal tax dollars over the next 15 years. At present, The rail agency can build the track from Bakersfield to Merced since it has the $5.9 billion to complete this phase. But after that funding is questionable at best.

At the end of the day, it appears the result could be, a high-speed bullet train that travels slowly on a lonely track thru a modestly traveled Central Valley where it wasn’t really needed at all, at a potential completion cost of $68.4 billion dollars.

It is no secret, free enterprise is more efficient than big government.

So with all of California’s wonders and beauty maybe it’s time for the Golden State to heed the advice of the late great Margret Thatcher.
As the iron lady once said, “The problem with socialism is, after a while you run out of other people’s money!”

http://moneymorning.com/2013/05/22/high-taxes-mean-its-lights-out-for-california/

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left. High-speed rail boondoggles aren’t going to save the Golden State — they may well contribute to sinking it.

The Californians that NEED to wake up are still slumbering on in a stupor from which it will be difficult to awaken them until it is disastrously too late. They will have to vote out all the crooks and idiots in Sacramento first. Else their waking up will be of no avail.

hawkeye54 on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Texas ain’t Cali, heh.

Pope’s Twitter account: “Inequality is the root of social evil

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

If the socialists don’t stage a coup in Texas I might like to move there.

crankyoldlady on April 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

That would be called Amnesty:

Why immigration reform isn’t the answer to Republicans’ demographic woes
We reported on Tuesday about the major demographic problem facing Republicans. So, how can the GOP start winning larger shares of non-white voters? Reforming the immigration system might not be the answer.
Why not? Because reforming the nation’s immigration laws could very well create a whole bunch of new Democrats, including in some key swing states.
The takeaway? Hispanic citizens’ lower turnout and registration rates have so far limited their political impact. But if the significant share of Hispanic non-citizens gain a path to citizenship and actually start voting, the electoral map could change much more quickly than what the slowing changing demographics of the country suggest. And that would be a bad thing for Republicans.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/26/why-immigration-reform-isnt-the-answer-to-republicans-demographic-woes/

DinaRehn on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Detroit West….

d1carter on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Great news. I just worry that all these people flooding in from blue states will bring their liberal voting patterns with them.

Jack_Burton on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Socialism is great until eventually you run out of other peoples money, or that money flees to Texas.

ouldbollix on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Now if Texas will just build a stock exchange in Dallas, my money will not be routed through NYC anymore.

cimbri on April 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

A Toyota Texan!!

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

HEH!

avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

REMEMBER TEXAS…. more liberals are COMING with TOYOTA… It may SEEM like a good idea….but it just SEEMS like it… 5,000 liberal votes coming your way…

originalpechanga on April 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Bout damn time!!

CA doesn’t need no stinkin Toyotas!!

They’ve got HIGH SPEED RAIL BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on April 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Yep, moving down the street from me…..

I worked on promotional material in the 80′s for Plano.
We worked with J.C. Penny, Frito-Lay and EDS to name a few.

Toyota will move next door to J.C. Penny….

This whole area around here is booming. A new 400,000 sq. ft. mall is being built next to the future Toyota site. Once the people from California get here….they will wonder why they took so long to move from the craphole that is California.

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I just worry that all these people flooding in from blue states will bring their liberal voting patterns with them.

Jack_Burton on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

You can pretty much count on that. Most really don’t learn. The failure in the places they helped create and then deserted was because the liberalism wasn’t done right. Rest assured, they’ll get it right this time in Texas or wherever else they move!

/S

hawkeye54 on April 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I gotta say I do love that pic of Rick Perry.

I don’t know if he has the chops to carry our standard, but he sure as hell has the strut…

JohnGalt23 on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

SMO on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That’s the key, isn’t it? When people move to Texas (or North Carolina, or wherever) they want to recreate the things they liked about where they used to live. And there’s a lot to like about California – if you completely ignore the fact that it’s totally unsustainable. And people usually ignore that fact. So, unless Texas is careful, these newcomers will spoil their new home as bad as they did their last.

notropis on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

BREAKING:

CA files disparate impact lawsuit against companies relocating to other states; asks NLRB/EEOC to step in.

BobMbx on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

It’s flooding down in Texas. With jobs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVjdMLAMbM0

Hucklebuck on April 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

While I’m happy about this I’m torn. How many Californians will be moving here and how many are Dems? Yesterday while out at lunch in Arlington Texas my husband and I saw a parked car with a Michigan plate with an Obama/Biden sticker on it. No I realize if the GOPe get their way with amnesty this will be the least of Texas’ worries it infuriates me how many of these lefties are moving here and still doubling down on the stupid. I’ve seen this happen in California and fear if this continues Texas will turn blue.

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Rick Perry – can you say POTUS resume?

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

“But it’s a new cycle and some Granite State activists feel that Americans – especially New Hampshire voters – are willing to give a guy a second chance.

If he wants one, that is. And it seems like the Texas governor is considering another White House bid.

There’s only one way to find out, though, and that’s to visit with the man and talk about it.

To that end, Granite Reports has learned that about a dozen New Hampshire activists and officials plan to head to Austin in about a month to meet with Perry and listen to his thoughts about Texas’ economic success – and yes, just maybe talk about 2016.

Organizing the pilgrimage is Mike Dennehy, the veteran GOP strategist known primarily for his success with John McCain’s two New Hampshire primary victories. Some of those making the trip supported Perry’s last presidential campaign, and some did not.

Dennehy, we understand, has agreed to help Americans for Economic Freedom, a group created last year by political operatives close to Perry, as Perry travels the country promoting Texas as a top place to do business. Dennehy is aiding Perry and his team in broadening the Texas economic message into a national one.

Perry this week spent three days in New York wooing businesses to the Lone Star State. He also challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a “thoughtful” debate on which state is better for businesses.

Americans for Economic Freedom is airing a 30-second television ad in New York appealing to business owners during Perry’s visit.

“If you’re tired of New York, there’s an option: Texas,” Perry says in the spot.

Perry has said he will decide next year whether to run for President.

When the Granite Staters get to Texas, the 800-pound gorilla in the room will be Perry’s gaffes during the last presidential campaign, and how he will work to get past them should he run again.

Perry has often called his last effort a humbling experience and has joked about it.

“I believe that people will give him a second chance if he decides to run for President,” Dennehy said. “That is the nature of America and that is certainly the nature of New Hampshire….”

http://nhjournal.com/2014/04/26/granite-reports-nh-activists-officials-to-visit-rick-perry-in-texas/

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Files desperate impact lawsuit? *evil grin*

avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

See: Pennsylvania

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

See: North Carolina.

Defenestratus on April 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Hats off to Rick Perry. We certainly disagree on immigration but on the jobs front…you’re the man.

Big Orange on April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

REMEMBER TEXAS…. more liberals are COMING with TOYOTA… It may SEEM like a good idea….but it just SEEMS like it… 5,000 liberal votes coming your way…

originalpechanga on April 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Seems more like conservatives fleeing a sinking ship. The culture at Toyota is more conservative than GM. Once they get here – we have a Texan training program – if they start voting for liberals …..
Well we got ways to cure that behavior, pardner!

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Hillary/Romney 2016, together

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

It has to be bad that all the right to work and Republican lead states are making a mockery of the Federal govs economic fallacies.

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Just leave your liberal inclinations behind…we don’t need any of that crap in the Lone Star State.

SMO on April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That’s what worries me. Liberalism is like a virus. These people move to areas with lower taxes and better standards of living, but they bring their bass-ackwards voting habits with them. Before you know it, the place is being run by liberals, and then they turn the place into a dump just like the one they left.

See: Pennsylvania

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

There’s a popular bumper sticker ’round here that says something like, ‘Welcome to Texas-leave your left-wing politics back in the corrupt state that you came from’.
AMEN!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

And people asked why I moved from California to North Carolina…I sold my businesses (top dollar thank you), opened up a couple of new ones and never looked back.

Nothing could be finer than living in Carolina…I just wish we would have dumped the dems earlier, and able to take some of those corp. from SC…

We are not moving fast enough to bring manufacturing to NC.

right2bright on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

That’s the key, isn’t it? When people move to Texas (or North Carolina, or wherever) they want to recreate the things they liked about where they used to live. And there’s a lot to like about California – if you completely ignore the fact that it’s totally unsustainable. And people usually ignore that fact. So, unless Texas is careful, these newcomers will spoil their new home as bad as they did their last.

notropis on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Most of those folks move to Austin…or New Mexico.

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Still no 30′ ladder business news.

Axe on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left.

Naw, they won’t do that….they will legalize pot and let the Federal Government take over.
They think jobs are evil and besides, now with ObamaCare – everyone in Kalifornia is taken care of?
Right?? Man!!!

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

California is running out of other people’s money, one fleeing company at a time.

David Blue on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los Angeles to Houston,…

Say, isn’t that the company that owned Al Gore’s daddy, Senator Albert Gore, Sr.?

Why yes, yes it is.

M240H on April 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

We are not moving fast enough to bring manufacturing to NC.

right2bright on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

As goes NC will go the nation…in 2014, but it will make little difference any more. The DIABLOs are the same as the D-rats.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

See: North Carolina.

Defenestratus on April 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Pal, 114 years this was a democrat state, last election NC booted out the dems, first time in 114 years…114 years.

And guess who voted them out? Yeah, the “imports” that you don’t think so highly of, came here and same your sorry backwards @ss.

You should be thanking us for coming here, organizing and making this a more conservative state…you’re welcome.

right2bright on April 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Plano?
Why won’t any company relocate to west Texas?!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Yeah, why not Midland-Odessa? The Athens of the New World! Maybe they’re just intimidated that they won’t fit in with all that culture and sophistication. ;0

Seriously, Plano is home to other corporate headquarters: Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, and Siemens PLM Software. That probably has something to do with it. But Lubbock should really ask them to re-consider.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

California is running out of other people’s money, one fleeing company at a time.

David Blue on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Yep, they need to get the hell out before the Feds pass a law saying you cannot move……

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Congratulations Texas!! Your common sense, pro-growth policies are showing the rest of America what is still possible in this country. There should be many more states following your lead. Unfortunately for me, I am stuck in a midwest liberal state for 14 more years.

rmkdbq on April 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Neyney, I’m afraid Arlington (where I went to grad school) may be a leetle more too liberal for their own good. Getting more like Austin and Dallas.

They employ one of the top most dangerous profs in Pol Science there.

6. Jose Angel Gutierrez

A former judge for Zavala County, Texas. Established the militant La Raza Unida (“the Unified Race”), an association dedicated to the belief that the Southwest does not rightfully belong to the U.S. Once said, “We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him.” Gutierrez teaches political science at the University of Texas, Arlington.
http://www.humanevents.com/2006/02/21/top-10-most-dangerous-professors-in-america/

I’ve written the University as a Alumni and haven’t even received a reply..kristinsul@uta.edu, (but the head of Alumni fundraising was).

The good thing is that the population of the rest of the state can override their bad values. And his students aren’t buying what he’s selling and give him bad reviews. Thank God for Texas youth!!
http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=537146

avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

There’s a popular bumper sticker ’round here that says something like, ‘Welcome to Texas-leave your left-wing politics back in the corrupt state that you came from’.
AMEN!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Perry and TX needs to do an assimilation/reeducation program. The Northeastern transplants into Miami-Dade, Broward are now moving across the lower half of FL in record numbers. They have brought their political ideology with them. Use FL as an example. I cringe every time the voting stats come out down here.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hats off to Rick Perry. We certainly disagree on immigration but on the jobs front…you’re the man.

Big Orange on April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Gov. Perry thinks that jobs and people will be heading south to Mexico as they open up PEMEX to foreign investment…It becomes a great opportunity for manufacturers here in the US and for US educated dreamers who understand entrepreneurialism.

Mexico needs reform and their infrastructure + cartels is a mess.

Perry thinks they’ll have an economic boom within a few years…and at least Texas is poised to take advantage of the boom.

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Yeah, why not Midland-Odessa? The Athens of the New World! Maybe they’re just intimidated that they won’t fit in with all that culture and sophistication. ;0

Seriously, Plano is home to other corporate headquarters: Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, and Siemens PLM Software. That probably has something to do with it. But Lubbock should really ask them to re-consider.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Plano looks like any burb in California, the only difference is there are no mountains around…..
They can always go back to visit California with the money they make in Texas.
However, once they live here awhile – the only thing they will miss, might be the weather in August and January.

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Great news. I just worry that all these people flooding in from blue states will bring their liberal voting patterns with them.

Jack_Burton on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Speaking as conservative citizen from Reagan’s state. You have good reason to worry.

31giddyup on April 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Bring the company. Leave the Californians at home.

K. Hobbit on April 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Scotto also told the LA Times that the move made sense. Higher workers-comp and liability requirements in California, not to mention higher taxes, make California an unattractive destination for business creation and expansion.

I hope everyone caught that this was the Mayor of Torrence saying these things.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I mean, can we force the Californians to apply as refugees?

K. Hobbit on April 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Yay Democrats.

Golf clap.

ConservativeLA on April 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

All y’all worried about transplants bringing liberalism need to remember the past. In the late 70s to about 1985 we were swarmed with mid-western union labor looking for work. We haven’t had a dem in statewide office since either 1988 or 1992 I believe.

DanMan on April 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

…maybe instead of building infrastructure for a high speed rail…Moonbeam should build a wall!………..oh…….wait!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Hillary/Romney 2016, together

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Don’t count out Jeb Bush yet.

We might yet see the Left’s dream team.

DinaRehn on April 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

See: Pennsylvania

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

No, actually, PA has been a Sh*thole for generations due to
worthless Idiots in Philly and Pitt…along with places like
Allentown, Johnstown, and the Mother of all Sh*tholes, Scranton.

Not many liberals actually move here.

ToddPA on April 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left.

Hahahahahaha! Reform is not their chosen solution, silly! They’re exporting their residents, and importing new (illegal) ones with similar big-government proclivities, so as to recreate California nationwide! See Colorado for an example. See Texas in twenty years (or see their K-12 school population today)!

xNavigator on April 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Plano looks like any burb in California, the only difference is there are no mountains around…..

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Now there’s something to be proud of! Come to Plano- we’re impressively generic!!!!

Actually, I used to work a job where I got to Fort Worth a couple times a year. The whole drive from DFW was like something you can find in virtually every suburb in America. The only difference being the crazy dangerous on/off ramps you people have in lieu of some sane scheme. Oh! And the fact that from my rental car, all you ever see of the other drivers are the hubcaps on their very tall pickup trucks. ;0

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Great news. I just worry that all these people flooding in from blue states will bring their liberal voting patterns with them.

Jack_Burton on April 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Talk to people in New Hampshire about that too.

rhombus on April 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Can’t wait to see Governor Jerry on the news trying to paint this as a positive thing for his state.

TimBuk3 on April 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Don’t count out Jeb Bush yet.

We might yet see the Left’s dream team.

DinaRehn on April 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Jeb won’t run with Hillary. In my scenario Romney has a place whether Jeb runs, or doesn’t run.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I doubt that many Cailifornicators will move to Plano. Certainly some will but I doubt many. Plano is the home of Ted Cruz and is 99.999% conservative. A liberal arriving in Plano from Kalifornia would likely fall over and die from sanity overdose within hours.

HotAirian on April 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

5,000 blue families move to TX. What could go wrong?

faraway on April 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Hey Ava: OT-but you might want to check this out.
LP&L=EVIL!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Seems more like conservatives fleeing a sinking ship. The culture at Toyota is more conservative than GM. Once they get here – we have a Texan training program – if they start voting for liberals …..
Well we got ways to cure that behavior, pardner!

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

^^^^ precisely what I was trying to formulate in my brain, and express ! LOL.
We’ll said.

YAY, Texas, and Perry, too !!!

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Leave your politics at the state line, Dimmocraps.

CycloneCDB on April 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

In California: The project is government funded. The original cost for the link from Los Angeles to The Bay Area was estimated to cost $45 billion but is now projected to cost $68.4 billion. The Bullet train’s original 220 mph speed has been cut to a more conventional speed due to the local environment and the agency overseeing the project is $54 billion short for completion of the project. An additional $38 billion is needed in federal tax dollars over the next 15 years. At present, The rail agency can build the track from Bakersfield to Merced since it has the $5.9 billion to complete this phase. But after that funding is questionable at best.

At the end of the day, it appears the result could be, a high-speed bullet train that travels slowly on a lonely track thru a modestly traveled Central Valley where it wasn’t really needed at all, at a potential completion cost of $68.4 billion dollars.

It is no secret, free enterprise is more efficient than big government.

So with all of California’s wonders and beauty maybe it’s time for the Golden State to heed the advice of the late great Margret Thatcher.
As the iron lady once said, “The problem with socialism is, after a while you run out of other people’s money!”

http://moneymorning.com/2013/05/22/high-taxes-mean-its-lights-out-for-california/

workingclass artist on April 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

There’s also the big unions factor, that plays into it.

31giddyup on April 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

When we first arrived-the locals were mighty suspicious of us.
3 years later-me and the husband will helping represent Lubbock County at the state GOP convention next month.
Dr. Donald May(a fellow delegate)who ran against Neugebauer in the primary in March-is also a former Illinoisan.
Friendly former Yankees are ALWAYS embraced here.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Simple leftist solution: Send the Department of Labor SWAT team to Torrance and force Toyota to conduct their business there at gunpoint.

stout77 on April 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Not many liberals actually move here.

ToddPA on April 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The Lehigh Valley is slowly filling up with refugees from New York.

CurtZHP on April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Of course greedy corporations are moving to Texas.

Where else are you free to put profit margins above the life of all insects and animals that live in the area (by the way…creatures who lived in the area long before humans invaded and destroyed the land)? Where else are you free to abuse uneducated workers without union protection? Where else are you free to avoid your economic social responsibilities to the government?

Are you people really ready to jeopardize this great country all in the name of freedom?

Frank Lib on April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

They can always go back to visit California with the money they make in Texas.
However, once they live here awhile – the only thing they will miss, might be the weather in August and January.

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

If JC Penney is any indication, with the money they make selling their homes in CA, they will be able to pay cash for a bigger home in Plano. Not having a mortgage payment will give them the money to travel whenever they want.

Occams Stubble on April 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Where else are you free to put profit margins above the life of all insects and animals that live in the area (by the way…creatures who lived in the area long before humans invaded and destroyed the land)? Where else are you free to abuse uneducated workers without union protection? Where else are you free to avoid your economic social responsibilities to the government?

Frank Lib on April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

God

Bless

Texas!!

JohnGalt23 on April 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Avagreen I know of this hispanic profesdir at UT Arlington. My daughter goes there and she said the kids avoid his class. My daughter instead opted for Prof Allan Saxe’s class instead. Allan Saxe is conservative. On the first day of her class Dr Saxe opened with these words ” I’m just going to put this out there. I am a conservative.” The class applauded. Dr Saxe has a building named after him and a waiting list for his class. My daughter tells me that very few Profs except for her freshman English teacher profess lib views. The kids in Texas are a different bunch than those au UT Austin. We tend to corral our lefties in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I know it’s not everyone ALT. Afterall I am a transplanted Northeasterner. But from what I’ve seen down here over the years….I fear that people coming in will over time flip the state.

Hey, I know our Govr. Rick Scott actively competes with Perry for more companies to move here. We need the jobs. Still a concern. LOL that’s why we need to educate the new people.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Hey Ava: OT-but you might want to check this out.
LP&L=EVIL!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Thanx. I voted! In favor of LP&L. The crap that the mayor and new Lilliputiens & uninformed populace about LP&L is just pure bull. From people that can’t tell their rear-ends from their heads and/or too new to the city to remember how the City almost bankrupted LP&L.

Looking into the situation lends a great result: insight. But, few have done so and just listen to one small man who has an agenda and wants to go back to stealing $$ from LP&L like they did until it was almost bankrupt.

avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ditto others … As blue state jobs move to Texas, blue voters move with them.

Turning Texas blue is their goal. Rs are, as always, too ignorant to stop assisting them.

If Hillary gets eight years, Texas by then will be blue and one party government will be with us forever. Dictatorship and monarchy to follow.

Carnac on April 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Californians had better wake up to the realities of interstate competition, and begin to reform their policies to keep what jobs they have left.

They never will. The end.

Nate A. on April 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

So, Californians will start moving to Texas.

tdarrington on April 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

My daughter tells me that very few Profs except for her freshman English teacher profess lib views. The kids in Texas are a different bunch than those au UT Austin. We tend to corral our lefties in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Again. Thank God for Texas kids!

And, yes, let’s keep the crazies in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. These places are where the ignorant live.

avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

Actually said…

‘The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs.’

- Governor Jerry Brown

Likely thought…

‘Bless Moonbeam’s heart, math is hard.’

- Governor Rick Perry

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

No doubt this completely surprises the Californian government.

sadatoni on April 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I recall this –

Governor Brown Calls Texas Ad Campaign A ‘Big Nothing’

dentarthurdent on April 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Are you people really ready to jeopardize this great country all in the name of freedom?

Frank Lib on April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I feel like a song…………………….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3rsha1ZtI

MontanaMmmm on April 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I understand what’s happened in other states, but, I must admit, TEXAS is different, as are its people !!
Yeah, we gotcher Austin libbies, and in the Metroplex, too.
But, there’s something quite powerful about seeing with your own eyes (and wallets) what living in such a freedom loving environment can accomplish within one’s psyche.
Many coming might possess the leftist mindset, and might defend/protect it with all their might, but many others will truly feel the breath of fresh air and start analyzing WHY they feel/are so free, here !
Then we got ‘em for life. LOL.
Says a Michigan transplant.

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

TX needs to embark on a massive education campaign aimed at non-TX Democrat voters who may relocate to TX in search of work or as part of a corporate relocation. They must be made to understand that it is precisely because of their voting habits that businesses are moving to TX and that if they don’t change, TX too will decline.

Charlemagne on April 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Avagreen I know of this hispanic profesdir at UT Arlington. My daughter goes there and she said the kids avoid his class. My daughter instead opted for Prof Allan Saxe’s class instead. Allan Saxe is conservative. On the first day of her class Dr Saxe opened with these words ” I’m just going to put this out there. I am a conservative.” The class applauded. Dr Saxe has a building named after him and a waiting list for his class. My daughter tells me that very few Profs except for her freshman English teacher profess lib views. The kids in Texas are a different bunch than those au UT Austin. We tend to corral our lefties in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Allan Saxe is well respected here in Arlington.
Says a lot about Texans and her youth.

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

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