California Joblessness 2nd Worst

John Seiler: California’s unemployment rate for November stayed the same, at 12.4%, placing it second worst in the nation; tied with Michigan. Only Nevada is worse, at 14.3%.

Michigan improved from 12.8% the month earlier. And with a new Republican governor, Rick Snyder, focusing on growth, it probably will drop below California’s rate. Snyder’s Web site says:

Government continues to function as it has in the past and taxpayers are feeling the squeeze. They’re not convinced they’re receiving real value for their money. State government remains bloated, inefficient and resistant to meaningful reform. Effective customer service to citizens is the exception, not the rule.

Sound like anything you’re hearing from Jerry Brown? Here’s what I found on Jerry’s Web site:

California is the preeminent leader in environmental and energy technology because early on we adopted policies and incentives that encouraged efficiency and renewable energy. Today, our state has a visionary plan that will not only combat global warming, but will also reduce foreign energy dependence and unhealthy air emissions. It is absolutely imperative that we continue to lead and not back off these policies that will create the jobs of the future.

He’s obsessed with imposing the jobs-killing AB 32 on the state.

And it figures, of course, that California’s Republicans would not be forward-looking jobs creators like Snyder, but AB 32 Luddites like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman.

Maybe I’ll move back to my home state, Michigan.

But I’ll wait until the spring.

Dec. 19, 2010



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