Leaving California

From Calitics (quoting the Wall Street Journal):

Several Western states are launching aggressive efforts to poach jobs, talent and industry from California, sensing an opportunity to capitalize on the Golden State’s current political and financial woes.

Colorado is the first out of the box with a Valentine-themed banner that will trail behind an airplane circling rush-hour traffic in Los Angeles on Friday morning, urging Californians to give Colorado a try. Ads in newspapers from San Diego to San Jose will feature a Cupid in ski boots over a bold-faced tease: “California, can you feel Colorado’s love?

To the California GOP: Please note that the banner doesn’t say “California, Colorado has lower taxes.”

I’ m at a point in my life where I’m considering a fairly significant move, one which may establish where I am likely to spend the next decade or two of my life. I find myself wondering why on earth I would consider staying in California. Why would I want to raise children in a state where there is no strong commitment, at the legislative level, to funding quality public education? Why would I want to work or play in a state where environmental regulations and labor protection laws are being sacrificed by a legislature held hostage? If the state is unable to solve even a relatively simple budget problem, why should I trust it to solve the near-term water shortage, let alone the long-term certainties of a catastrophic earthquake or climate change?

So, thank you, GOP, for making it easier to consider leaving my home state.

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Published in: on February 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Because of the people here. Not that there aren’t people just as good in other states, but they aren’t people you are already close to or that you grew up with.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist :)


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