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Businesses Leaving California: Governor Brown Are You Listening?

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Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager Kevin T. Hale, KTTV Vice President & General Manager

Governor Brown, commenting about businesses leaving California, recently said "We've got a few problems, we have lots of little burdens and regulations and taxes, but smart people figure out how to make it."

Well, businesses such as Toyota and Occidental Petroleum are figuring out how to make it.

To them, the smart thing to do is to leave California.

Not what Governor Brown had in mind.

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Yet this exodus is only tip of the iceberg.

Many companies stick it out in California, but expand their operations out of state.

Just in the last couple of months, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo and Hyundai Capital have expanded to other states taking more than six thousand jobs with them.

Another concern are the companies that simply do not locate to the Golden State in the first place.

Gary Lee, CEO of Wirelessor, an up-and-coming tech start up, made it clear why he was not going to set up operations in California.

“I was considering opening my North American operation in Long Beach, but after comparing the region’s political, tax, and economic climates, I decided that Las Vegas was the better option.”

Governor Brown: Your attitude needs to change.

Calling complicated regulations and ever escalating taxes “little burdens” is just plain ridiculous.

They are big burdens that are driving business out of California.

Governor Brown: You should order your Department of Business and Finance to find ways to seriously streamline and cutback regulations in every state agency that affects business.

Further -- you should come out for a moratorium on all new regulations until the impact on business is studied.

Finally Governor Brown: You should mount a campaign to cut taxes with the same enthusiasm that you demonstrated for the Prop 30 campaign, to raise taxes.

Creating a climate that is business friendly should come from the top.

That means you, Governor Brown.

What do you think? We want to hear from you about this P.O.V. segment. Share your thoughts in the comments section below or email me directly at POV@fox11.com.

Kevin T. Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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