vincentpa wrote:slow also forgot to address the fact that the middle and especially upper middle class are fleeing CA in droves.
LOL! Nope. The fact is that the lower middle class and poor are leaving because they can't afford to live here. Even the illegals aren't coming here en masses because they can't make enough money to afford working here. They are staying home to enjoy the benefits of a resurgent middle class in Mexico and elsewhere.
So are businesses. They are all fleeing CA's tax structure. Unfortunately for CA, they're being replaced with low-skilled unedacted people.
I'm all for companies moving out of the area and taking all you non native californians home. Except of course for my friends who have proved their value to the state. Ans because they're good peeps.
Recently this has been catastrophic for CA. Many of those successful business, especially the agri-business were built when CA still voted Republican. Now, even the high tech companies are leaving. Pittsburgh thanks you and all the other dumbass liberals from CA. You've sent quite a number of high tech companies our way! Hell, we're even getting movies filmed here because it's cheaper.
Keep it coming slow!
Haa haaa! Seriously... California could cut itself in half in terms of land & money and the only thing it would do is move your state further down list toward loserveille. Nice wishful thinking though. We'll get right on making sure you guys get more of our breadcrumbs to be proud of.
What is truly sad about CA's loss is/was how preventable it was. Who wouldn't want to live in CA. The climate is varied and beautiful. There many cosmopolitan cities close by to beautiful natural areas from mountains, to deserts to oceans. Business could thrive in a place like CA. The best workers would relocate from anywhere to live in a place like that.
That is until the liberal seize control and F things up. They actually did what wasn't thought possible. The made CA a place to leave instead of a place to go. All of those educated middle to high earners have/are relocating to places like AZ, TX, GA, FL and yes Pittsburgh to escape the madness.
Just the ones that can tolerate conservatives. And there aren't that many of them. We're glad to see them go! More room for Baywatch babes!
California ranks 50th (dead last) in cost to do business in the States.
48th (almost dead last) in business friendliness.
California has the highest Gas tax (by far).
California has the highest statewide sales tax rate.
California has the highest personal income top marginal rate (13.3%).
California is ranked 9th highest in corporate income tax rates.
California is ranked 15th highest in property taxes.
California State Government consumes 11.2 % of the State's GDP. (4th highest taxing State in the country).
California is ranked one of the 5 worst States to retire in (Kipplingers).
California had the highest percentage of residents living in poverty in the nation: 23.5 percent.
California ranks 45th out of 50 for unemployment rate.
California is mandated by law to spend 52% of our annual budget on education...
But we rank almost dead last in education (either 47th or 49th out of 50, depending on who's numbers you want to believe in).
Once you've traveled across the deserts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and seen how some folks have to eek out a living...I've often said of most western states that God forsook them, but it was the people who made them great. California is a shining example of a land blessed by God with all kinds of resources, and absolutely screwed into the ground by it's liberal policies.