model illustrated: 16 Reasons To Move Away From California http://albertpeia.com/16reasonstomoveawayfromcalifornia.htm
‘Why does the state of California seem to be so incredibly
hopeless? These days California can't
seem to do anything right, and if you live in California things just got a whole lot
worse. Governor Brown has announced that the state budget deficit for this
year is going to be much larger than projected, that more government services
are going to be cut and that voters are going to vote on another round of tax
increases in November. Meanwhile, unemployment is sitting at 11 percent
and extended federal unemployment benefits for workers in the state are
ending. Because California
is one of the worst places in the nation to conduct business, there has been a
steady flow of companies leaving the state. Those companies have taken a
whole lot of good jobs with them. Due to the lack of jobs and a steady
stream of impoverished immigrants coming in from Mexico and other countries, poverty
in the state has exploded and crime is rapidly increasing. California may be the land of "endless
sunshine", but for the California
economy there are only dark clouds on the horizon. The state is coming
apart at the seams and there is not much hope that things are going to turn
around any time soon.
These days, California
is very similar to Greece
in many ways.
Just like Greece,
has had round after round of "austerity" and yet still cannot seem to
balance the budget.
Even after all of the cuts that have
been implemented in recent years, the California
budget deficit is still going to be far larger than originally projected this
year. The following is from the Los Angeles Times....
Jerry Brown announced on Saturday that the state's deficit has ballooned to $16
billion, a huge increase over his $9.2-billion estimate in January.
bigger deficit is a significant setback for California, which has struggled to turn the
page on a devastating budget crisis. Brown, who announced the deficit on
YouTube, is expected to outline his full budget proposal on Monday in Sacramento.
means we will have to go much further, and make cuts far greater, than I asked
for at the beginning of the year," Brown said in the video.
During his remarks on YouTube,
Governor Brown stated that California
is "still recovering from the worst recession since the 1930s" and he
stressed that hard choices are ahead.
But the California state government has already cut
back in so many places. For example, back in the late 1970s the state of California was number one in per-pupil spending on
education, but now California
has fallen to 48th place.
Unfortunately, Governor Brown does
not believe that budget cuts alone will solve the problem.
So you know what that means.
The tax increases that California voters will
be voting on in November were outlined in a recent Bloomberg article....
this week submitted more than 1.5 million signatures to place the tax measure
on the ballot. It would temporarily raise the state sales tax, already the
highest in the U.S.,
to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent. It would also boost rates on income starting
at $250,000. The 10.3 percent levy on those making $1 million or more would
rise to 13.3 percent, the most of any state.
Get ready to fire up the moving vans.
The rest of the California economy may be falling apart, but
moving companies will continue to do very well.
As I have written about previously, California has already experienced a net
loss of approximately four million residents to
other states over the past 20 years.
If the top rate on those making a
million dollars or more a year hits 13.3 percent you will see a lot more
wealthy people leave.
And thousands of businesses have left
recent years as well. Sadly, one survey found that CEOs ranked California as the worst place in the United States
to do business for seven years in a row.
You would think that the state
legislature would get the message.
Unfortunately they have not.
California absolutely suffocates businesses with rules and regulations and it
gets worse with each passing year.
So lots of good jobs continue to
leave the state.
As mentioned earlier, the official
rate of unemployment in California
is sitting at 11 percent. That is almost 3
points higher than for the nation as a whole.
Of course the "official"
numbers greatly understate the true scope of the unemployment problem, but for
more on that you can check out this article.
However you want to look at it, the
reality is that California
has a massive unemployment problem.
Sadly, a whole bunch of unemployed
workers in California
are about to lose their unemployment benefits.
On Saturday, more than 200,000 unemployed
Americans were dumped off the unemployment rolls. Close to half of them
live in California.
Instead of 99 weeks, unemployed
workers in California
will now only be able to collect unemployment benefits for a maximum of 79
It is estimated that a total of 93,000 people in California have suddenly lost their benefits
as a result of this change.
Unfortunately, the truth is that the
employment picture in California
is not really getting any better. It is still incredibly difficult to find a decent job.
Unless you are "connected",
it can be a horribly frustrating experience trying to find a new job in this
But if you are truly desperate, there
are some folks out there who are always hiring.
These days, "national
security" is quite a growth industry. For example, if you are
currently unemployed you can always apply to work as an Internment/Resettlement Specialist
for the national guard.
While the economy is going to pot,
you can get paid to lock up other Americans that are protesting about the state
of our country.
Doesn't that sound fun?
But seriously, if you live in California right now you
probably don't need anyone else to tell you how bad things are.
You probably already know that the
number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.
California is rapidly changing, and not for the better.
But it is not just the economy that
is falling apart in California.
The truth is that there are a whole host of good reasons to move away from California.
The traffic is nightmarish, crime is on the rise, the gangs are bigger and more
active than ever before, millions of illegal immigrants have poured into the
state, and the control freak politicians become more insane with each passing
Plus there is the constant threat
that your home will be destroyed by a mudslide, a wildfire or an earthquake.
One of these days the "big one" will hit California.
You do not want to be there when that
But if you decide that you do want to
move from California,
what is the best state to move to?
That is a very good question.
The truth is that economic conditions
are horrible in most of the country and are rapidly
getting a whole lot worse.
According to one poll, 30 percent of all
Americans described the condition of the economy as "good" back in
February but only 20 percent do now.
When we enter the next major economic
downturn, unemployment is going to go higher everywhere in the nation.
There will be small pockets where
jobs are still plentiful (where the oil industry is strong for example) but
almost everywhere else will be really hurting.
So what do all of you think?
For people looking to move away from California, where should
Please feel free to post a comment
with your thoughts below....’