California Dreamin’—of Jobs in Texas
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?”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.
Read the rest here: John Fund: California Dreamin’—of Jobs in Texas – WSJ.com.
California politicians are dumbfounded, they can’t figure out why businesses are leaving California and moving to states like Texas.
So what do they do?
They waste the taxpayers money by taking a worthless trip to Texas to try to figure things out!
The lawmakers could have just made a conference call or better yet just ask the business owners why they were leaving the state, this isn’t rocket science.
The group consisted of mostly Republican lawmakers, the shortage of Democrats on this trip was due in part to unions pressuring Democrats not to go.
Below is an obvious answer that these politicians could have gotten with a simple phone call or by doing two clicks of research.
A Simple Answer
Here’s what Mr. Puzder CEO of Hardee’s had to say.
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.”
Think McFly think!