Not so fast, Buckeyes. Texas is back in a big way with a commanding first-place finish in the 2012 facilities race to claim the Governor’s Cup after a 34-project loss to Ohio last year. Not only did Texas reclaim the coveted trophy, but it did so with a whopping 761 projects, 270 more than first runner-up Ohio, which held its own relative to last year’s tally with just seven fewer projects (491). Pennsylvania keeps its third-place finish (430), and Michigan (337) and Illinois (322) round out the top five.
During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"—flocked to California from the heartland. To keep out the so-called Okies, the state enacted a law barring indigent migrants (the law was later declared unconstitutional). Los Angeles even set up a border patrol on the city limits. Soon the state may need to build a fence to keep latter-day Joads from leaving.
Taxation: Governor Rick Perry took a lot of ridicule for his efforts to lure California's tax-strangled businesses to his home state of Texas. If that's so ridiculous, how come it's his leftist critics showing all the hysteria?
Contrary to what you might’ve heard, I have nothing against California. In fact, I think it’s a beautiful state filled with creative people and a vibrant culture.
The problem for California, however, is that many of their business leaders do have something against the state — specifically its increasingly hostile business climate.
There’s been a lot of back-and-forth ink spilled and electrons harnessed regarding the two largest states where 1 in 5 Americans live. The most recent was prompted by some California radio ads purchased by the State of Texas to encourage California businesses to move to the Lone Star state. The California retort to this Texan assault is well represented in a column by Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle entitled, “Some context behind Rick Perry’s radio pitch for CA biz to come to Texas.”
While I can't fault Governor Perry for campaigning to bring more jobs to his state, I think it's time Californians take a stand. After seven years straight of being named the worst state to do business with, according to CEO magazine, I think it's time we fight back.