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Steve Breen

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 4 years ago

    Let ‘em take their AK-47’s and their Bushmasters and drive to Texas. Plenty of folk who believe in COMMONWEALTH are waiting for space in California.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    California has a surplus. It turns out that higher taxes ARE the answer to deficits.

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 4 years ago

    In California, they’re balancing their budgets now. Isn’t that a CONSERVATIVE principle? Or is it just a principle if it’s done on the backs of the poor?

  4. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, almost 4 years ago


    You still have the regulations, though.
    Even “The Economist” noted that Californa’s business regulations are such a mess that the state is losing businesses left and right.
    As an example, they reference a woman who, along with her immigrant father, decided to start a business out of their home that sold Iranian-style yogurt. They intended it to be a source of extra income, but instead they wound up being the pinball in a game played by two different regulatory bodies who had contradictory and outdated rules but who refused to consider revising them.

  5. Peabody-Martini

    Peabody-Martini said, almost 4 years ago

    For years conservatives castigated California for for running debt ignoring the reality of what caused that debt. Ballot measures by conservative groups and Republicans in the State Assembly who fought tooth and nail every attempt to change the status quo.

    Texas is wholly dependent upon the petrochemical industry and massive Federal subsidy. The huge expenses that are externalized there are enough to keep many companies that depend on a well educated, healthy workforce from locating there.

  6. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m assuming few of you actually live here, but I have lived and worked in the accounting business in Southern California for the last 35 years. I have seen numerous small businesses fail because they were unable to afford the level of regulations imposed, the workman’s comp. premiums and the property tax increases. In the coastal cities there are often similar regulatory agencies on the state, county and city level, plus the Coastal Commission and EPA often get involved in duplicitous regulation.

    Contrary to the “image” projected by the government, California is less than business friendly. They look at them as a convenient and continual source of revenue. California’s desire to be looked at as a leader and innovator on environmental issues has all but crippled the petroleum industry and completely stifled off shore exploration. The state has numerous cities that are on the verge of or are in the process of chapter nine bankruptcy. Unfunded union pensions and health care benefits have always been a constant battle, but now with the “super majority” in Sacramento the unions publicly sit on in on budget committees meetings and submit their funding needs/demands which are most often accepted and included in the budget as submitted.

    From a ‘man on the street’ view, I can attest to the situation in our coastal city. We are a population of 106,000 and are a frequented area by the L.A. residents looking to escape the city for a day/weekend. Business is still struggling, housing is still a weak market, short sales abound and the vacant storefronts and small industrial centers hasn’t changed much. When looking at these rosy projections from Brown’s office, remember these were “analysts projections” and always include a great deal of government accounting magic. A “hidden and non repeatable” factor of this supposed surplus is people sold many capital gains assets in the latter part of 2012 to avoid higher tax rates in 2013. Of course remember they are once more increasing sales taxes and income taxes in an already heavily taxed state. It may look good on the government level, but it doesn’t do much for a state still trying to recover from a recession…

    California recently sent a commission of government agencies, California politicians, union leaders and others to Texas to find out why we were losing so many businesses to them. They appeared surprised when they heard businesses hated to leave California, but in Texas they found: lower workman’s comp rates, lower income and property taxes, less regulation and more incentives provided by the Texas government. Criticize Texas all you want, but California business today continues to migrate to Texas, Arizona and Nevada…

  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Forgot an interesting link to public pension info.

  8. 5+8=64

    5+8=64 said, almost 4 years ago

    Bye Bye!!!

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