Liberal PPIC Bolsters Dem Claims

Steven Greenhut: The Public Policy Institute of California, the liberal think tank that insists that it is nonbiased, continues to insist that higher taxes and stiffer regulations do not cause businesses to leave California. Its newly revised study attempts to discredit Republican claims about the economy, something celebrated by this prominent Democratic-leaning Web site. This is from Dan Walters’ column today:

“Last week, the Public Policy Institute of California weighed in with a new version of a study concluding that only a tiny percentage of California’s job losses – never more than 2.3 percent in any one year – results from employers moving elsewhere. That, in turn, sparked a retort from business relocation adviser Joseph Vranich on an Internet political site. He says the PPIC study is erroneous because it discounts complete shutdowns of California job sites and decisions by companies, even those headquartered in California, to invest elsewhere, citing multiple examples.”

Of course, few companies actually pull up roots, but many expand elsewhere or don’t expand at all. Other businesses never locate in California. Most sane businesses would never even consider creating jobs — especially manufacturing jobs — in California. The liberal position suggests that individuals are not motivated by incentives and disincentives, that businesses will just take anything that comes their way. That’s the attitude among the state’s Democratic legislators, who figure that they can do whatever they please to the business community. Most people know better, regardless of such studies.
SEPT. 26

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  1. John Seiler
    John Seiler 26 September, 2010, 23:45

    I expect Prop. 23 will fail. After that, AB 32 will be imposed by CARB with a vengeance. Unemployment will rise (official figures) to 15% and higher, the highest nation. Then maybe people will see, despite PPIC’s propaganda, that high taxes and absurd regulations kill jobs.

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  2. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 27 September, 2010, 12:35

    CARB’s recent actions are a perfect example of what we have in store for the future if PROP 23 is not successful. Last week CARB used another wacko law (SB 375 I believe) in order to impose their radical “Green” agenda on the state. They used that law to impose carbon reduction mandates of about 15% on the state, despite the fact that regional groups said that those goals were way out of line. CARB’s method of reaching those goals are $9/gallon gas & a fee for driving on the Highway (similar to the experiment on Hwy 680) which will cost Californians an average of $4,000 extra per person/year. They even brought up the fact that their plan was viewed as a “Forced Relocation” right before they approved the most stringent mandates.

    They see that there is a possibility that they would be stripped of their unchecked power under AB32, so they are using another method to make us pay for doubting their superiority.

    They are going to find ways to screw Californians one way or another, but AB32 will ensure that they have to answer to noone. If PROP 23 fails, the state is screwed. CARB will try to be sure we learn not to challenge their authority.

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