Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    ^^^^. You do realize that California is Toyota’s biggest market BY FAR and those were comments made by the CEO of said company pulling out 4000 jobs from Southern California, right?
    Of course he’s not going to rip Ca, but I’m gonna take a wild guess that “The highest taxes in the country” might’ve been mentioned in the board meetings before moving out of Cali.
    Another factor I’m sure was mentioned was that Ca is the King of Workers Comp and Employee lawsuits since it’s run by Democrats.
    Or do you want to think Texas is better geographically for a Japanese biz than California.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    California has a $2,145 trillion dollar GSP for 2014 which is number 1 for the USA by almost $1 trillion dollars. Texas is indeed number 2 with a GSP of $1.507 trillion, and New York is number 3 with a GSP of $1.297 trillion, all also for fiscal 2014 per this site:

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/state_spend_gdp_population



    Also according to this site the growth rate of California’s GSP is some 2.3% as opposed to a growth rate for Texas of 2.8%, which would certainly seem to give the advantage to Texas (the over all growth rate for the US itself is some 2.0 %). But, just how long do you think it would take at an advantage of 0.5 % to make up a lead of almost $1 trillion?


    Heck, the value of the agribusiness of California alone is almost as much as the values of the next 3 states combined!


    Then there is the continuing increase in the high tech business of silicon valley. For instance, Sony is building an entire new campus there which will be hiring some 6,000 local people in high paying and benefits jobs. Why would they be doing this in such a high business tax state? Because those California tax dollars go to pay for the finest higher education systems in the world. Which in turn gives California an insurmountable edge in highly educated workers, which is the life blood of the high tech industry.


    And out at the Mojave space industry center near Edwards AFB private space interests are busily creating a private space industry that will make that area the Saudi Arabia of high tech of the future.


    Sorry people, but California is doing just fine, thank you!!


    But we Californians are perfectly happy to see any of the states of the US do well, and that includes Texas. What we get somewhat tired of though is the continuing dis-respect shown by the ultra conservatives on this site for one of the states that is paying the burden of keeping some of our more conservative states in business. Californians pay $1.00 in federal taxes for every $0.78 in benefits we get from the federal government. Texas is just about even with $1.00 for $1.00, and such states as Mississippi are heavy takers with paying $1.00 and getting over $2.00 in benefits. So, just perhaps the red conservative taker states just might not want to see California’s economy go down, as it would decrease their federal governmental benefits!!

  3. DGF999

    DGF999 said, over 2 years ago

    The LATimes… Yet another left wing media source trying to fool the gullible… Lisa is right here…

  4. viewer1

    viewer1 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    My fear is that the folks coming over from California will vote the same way in Texas as they did in Cali. We need look no further than Colorado to see what could happen next…

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @viewer1

    The Californian’s being relocated are concerned about being anywhere near a factory that explodes due to corporate malfeasance and an utter lack of oversight from the state.

  6. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 2 years ago

    That is the problem. People run away from high (and ever increasing) taxes and then vote for the things that run up taxes in their new location. The next step, of course, is to complain about high taxes.

    Liberals do not understand that once we send our money to a government it is no longer real money. It is government money and therefore a never ending asset. If you run low, just go get some more or, in the case of the Feds, just borrow more.

  7. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 2 years ago

    @Jase99: you are right. (Sarcasm). These companies are in the business of blowing up their own factories so that they have higher cost and lower productivity.

  8. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    No wonder you are a beggar. Anyone who buys into that incompetent Brown’s storyline could easily end up one. Texas and other states have been stealing businesses from CA for quite some time. While companies may be politic about the reasons for leaving, there is no denying that CA has been listed as the worst business climate in the US. I now live in WA and even my accountant here made the comment that if any of his clients are thinking of opening a business in CA he does his best to ward them off. The CA gummint is absolutely wacko when it comes to onerous regulations on business from environmental craziness, to their nutty handicapped bill that has allowed abusive types to steal money from small businesses for trivial nothings, to over taxation. CA is a prime example of what happens when libs have too much power for too long…the economy ends up flushed down the sewer.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Tax Man, Northern Redman, Overtaxed

    I was referring to the West Fertilizer Company explosion that killed 15 people and injured over 150. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board investigated and found that company management failed to take basic safety precautions in storing potentially explosive materials and there was a lack of regulatory oversight. Let’s not forget about the oil refinery explosion and subsequent incidences in Texas City, where company officials had a track record of safety violations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Fertilizer_Company_explosion

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Refinery_explosion

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    Thank you, I am glad to see at least one other poster here that sees the truth and agrees with me. California is going to continue to be the leading state in the US for the high paying and benefits tech industry as we have the best educated work force in the US!

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    Just for an example. There was a recent article on CNN about the six best colleges/universities in the nation for students to have a high return on investment for their money and time to get degrees from. They were all private colleges, and were not cheap to go to, but the earnings of students over the twenty years following their education were upwards of $1 million more than non college students. With the exception of one remarkable business college they were all high science and engineering teaching institutions.



    Two of them were in Massachusetts (MIT being one), one in New Jersey, and 50% of them were located in California! Number one was Harvey Mudd College out of Claremount California, number three was the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and number four was Stanford University just adjacent to the Silicon Valley (so guess where many Stanford graduates end up?). Now these were just the outstanding private colleges/universities in California.


    The article did not even include what is considered by many educators and companies to be the best over all state supported University, College, and Jr. College system in the US and possible the entire earth!

  12. NoCons

    NoCons said, over 2 years ago

    Dear Lisa,

    Do any of your cartoons make sense? If so, where do you hide them?

    Thank you.

  13. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    LANDERS,
    Yes, California probably does have the best talented and motivated workforce in the country. This is what made the state great for decades.
    But what is happening now is that companies are willing to accept less productive, less talented workers in a state that will appreciate the revenue a company brings and the wealth it brings it’s residents.
    I’m not hoping for the continuing fall of California, I have family there and love to visit, but if they continue with their anti-business climate(voted #1 WORST in the country), the fall will continue.
    Too many taxes, too much regulation and too many lawsuits.

  14. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    “The explosion at West happened because the firemen put water on the fire after they were told not to because it would cause an explosion. Funny how the left always misses little things like that because they could not blame a big corporation if they did.”

    The fire could have been avoided in the first place if company management had basic safety measures in place. Funny how the you ignore that.

  15. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    The fact that Texas cannot afford to educate its kids, insure its citizens, or keep its roads paved; and cannot bear to regulate even explosive fertilizer plants proven to kill people, does not bode well for its future.

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