From the California State Senate Republican Caucus:

Another California Business Leaves Our State – 700 Families Will Be Impacted

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Campbell’s Soup will be moving its operations to North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas to reduce costs, putting 700 individuals on the unemployment line:

“No one should be surprised that Campbell’s Soup has decided to move their operations out of California. In the past few years, numerous other companies have done the same. Our communities need broad-based reforms, and Californians deserve more than promises and empty talk about helping our struggling families find work.

“For the past eight years, CEO Magazine has ranked California the worst place to do business, citing ‘…high state taxes, and bundles of regulations that make operating a business in the state unaffordable to many companies…’

“After witnessing one business after another flee this state, it is obvious that the Democrat Leadership still doesn’t understand that moving to avoid job-killing government regulations and high tax rates is a perfectly reasonable way to improve business efficiency to grow jobs. And maybe that’s part of the problem.”

A Partial List of California Businesses That Have Left California

March 2004 – AAA Moved Regional HQ – Regulations: “AAA Automobile Club of Southern California was able to move into its new regional headquarters at the former NEC American Inc. campus in Irving just eight days after signing its lease in December, said Herman Fuette, manager of Texas planning and implementation. Fuette, who previously worked in AAA’s West Coast office, said the company has been trying for two years to get a permit to do a 30,000-square-foot building in California. According to the Bain report, planning and zoning approvals take an average of eight weeks in Texas, compared to 33 weeks in California.” (Christine Perez, “Golden State Is Losing Shine,” Dallas Business Journal, 3/14/04)

2006 – Buck Knives Leaves CA – Business Climate: “The Bucks [Buck Knives] said it cost too much to make their rugged outdoor knives in California… Local leaders considered Buck Knives’ departure a visible blow to San Diego County’s economic landscape and a symbol of the state’s problems in attracting and keeping companies.” (Anne Krueger, “Buck Knives Enjoying A Better Business Life in Idaho than El Cajon,” San Diego Union Tribune, 3/26/06)

May 2010 – Brothers Leaves CA – Taxes & Regulations: “Why did Bart, Steve and Seth Wilson move their company, Racing Optics Inc. from San Clemente to Las Vegas? Taxes, utilities, regulations, commercial rent, you name it, it’s lower in Nevada, Bart Wilson says.” (Jan Norman, “Brothers Move O.C. Firm to Vegas,” Orange County Register, 5/12/10)

December 2011 – Waste Connections Leaves CA – Unfriendly Business Climate: “CEO Ron Mittlestaedt says that his company estimates that it has an $80 – $100 million economic impact on the Sacramento area. The numbers are compiled through taxes paid, charitable contributions, contractors and more. Mittlestaedt says the company is moving its corporate headquarters because of the unfriendly business climate here in California.” (Tim Lantz, “Waste Connections to Leave California,” KFBK, 12/12/11)

May 2012 – CEOs: CA Worst State for Business: “Business executives have named California the absolutely worst state for business for the 8th year in a row, says Chief Executive magazine. … The publication surveyed 650 chief executives about states based on such factors as business taxation and regulation, workforce quality and living environment. CEOs gave the Golden State four out of five stars for living environment, three stars for workforce quality but one star for taxation and regulation.” (Jan Norman, “CEOs: California Worst State for Business,” Orange County Register, 5/2/12)

Additional List Of Companies That Have Moved From CA “For Brighter Prospects” Altogether: “Abraxis Health, Adobr Systems, Inc. Alza Corp., American AVK, American Racing, Apple Computer Audix Corporation, Apria Healthcare Group, Assurant Inc., Barefoot Motors Bazz Houston Co., Beckman Coulter, Bild Industries Inc., Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd. BMC Select , BPI Labs, Buck Knives, CalPortland Cement California Casualty Group, CalStar Products Inc., Checks To-Go, Chivaroli & Associates CoreSite, A Carlyle Company, Creel Printing , Dassault Falcon DaVita Inc. , Denny’s Corp., Digital Domain, Ditech DuPont Fabros Technology, ebay, Inc., EDMO Distributors, Inc. Edwards Lifesciences, Electronic Arts, Inc., EMRISE Corp., Facebook FallLine Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, First American Corp., Fluor Corp. Foxconn Electronics, Fuel System Solutions, Gregg Industries, Hewlett-Packard Hilton Hotels Corp., Hino Motor Manufacturing USA, Intel Corporation, Intuit of Mountain View J.C. Penney , Kimmie Candy Co., Klaussner Home Furnishings, Knight Protective Industries Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc., LCF Enterprises, Lennox Hearth Products Inc., Lyn-Tron, Inc. Mariah Power, Maxwell America, Miasolé, MotorVac Technologies Nissan North America, Northrop Grumman, One2Believe, Patmont Motor Werks, Inc. Paragon Relocation Resources, Pixel Magic, Plastic Model Engineering, Inc. Precor, Premier Inc., Pro Cal of South Gate, Race Track Chaplaincy of Amer., Red Truck Fire & Safety Co. SAIC, Scale Computing, Schott Solar Inc., SimpleTech Smiley Industries, Solaicx, SolarWorld, Special Devices Inc. StarKist , Stasis Engineering, Stata Corp., Tapmatic Teledesic, Telmar Network Technology Inc., Terremark, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Toyota, True Games Interactive Inc., TTM Technologies, Understand.com US Press shifted, USAA Insurance, Yahoo. And many more.” (Warner Todd Huston, “Companies Fleeing California For Utah over Confiscatory Tax Rate,” Nevada News & Views, 8/25/10)

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