It appears that, while still incredibly far from success, the secession movement proposed by county supervisor Jeff Stone of Riverside County is still on the tracks. It is reported the Riverside County Board of Supervisors agreed to endorse secession provided no tax monies were used to promote it:
Elected officials in Riverside County endorsed a proposal Tuesday to discuss cleaving California in two, but with a catch: No public funds can be spent on the budding secessionist movement.
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, was appropriately respectful of the effort:
It’s a supremely ridiculous waste of everybody’s time,” said spokesman Gil Duran. “If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there’s a place called Arizona.’
People are doing exactly that! This sarcastic answer would be more amusing had this story not appeared in CNN Money the very same day! One of the states seeking California business is Arizona!
And governors around the country, smelling blood in the water, have stepped up their courtship of California companies. Officials in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and Utah are telling California firms how business-friendly they are in comparison.
And why is that? Remember this is CNN Money not Fox News!
Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.
The Golden State was ranked as WORST to do business by Chief Executive (that is corporate CEOs) magazine for SEVEN years. SEVEN YEARS! It take work to do that. That has got to be a record. A record of liberal futility. (BTW, Gov. Jindal’s Louisiana went up 13 places from 40th to 27th in one year.) Here’s what the article said:
Wisconsin and Louisiana posted the two biggest gains since 2010, with the latter, along with Oklahoma, also showing the biggest gains over the last five years. By proactively reshaping its posture toward business taxation and regulation, Louisiana has been quietly stealing pages from the Texas playbook.
I feel sorry for all these people – trapped in a state that cannot give up liberalism:
Combined, those counties are home to about 13 million people. Republicans account for the majority of registered voters in all of those counties, except San Bernardino and Imperial.
Supervisor Stone may be more of a visionary than people realize. I urge all conservatives in CA to help him out.
Would the last business in California turn off the ICLEI-approved light bulb?!