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Keeping Business In California

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VP/GM Kevin T. Hale, FOX 11 News VP/GM Kevin T. Hale, FOX 11 News
Our recent editorial explaining how businesses are leaving for Texas because of California's high taxes and regulatory red tape must have struck a nerve.  Judging by the outpouring of support from our viewers, it was as if our editorial gave a voice to what they were thinking.

I'd like to hear your Point of View. Send me an email at POV@fox11.com.

Tom from Simi Valley said, "I just want you to know that you are speaking for every business owner in California."

Roger from Apple Valley wrote, "California is not the place to do business. Business owners are the enemy here. We are taxed to death…..with enough red tape to reach Texas."

Ray from Los Angeles commented, "You hit the nail on the thumb with that piece.  Industries are leaving California. Entrepreneurs are leaving California.  All heading for Texas."

Speaking of hammering the point home, Toyota has just announced it is moving its headquarters from Torrance, California to Dallas, Texas. This move will mean the loss of thousands of Southern California jobs.

Mayor Scotto of Torrance was quoted as saying, "We don't have the tools we need to keep major corporations here."

Governor Brown: Give us those tools.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Make a concerted effort to cut state government red tape.
  • Reduce skyrocketing utility rates by relaxing state rules that drive up the cost of energy production.
  • Stop overzealous enforcement of pollution rules that often do little for the environment but increase operating expenses.
  • Lower the California income tax. Texas has no personal income tax. We have one of the highest in the nation.  
What more of a wakeup call do you need than Toyota moving to Texas?

Thanks for listening.

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
The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.

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