SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Republican-led group of California lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will head to Texas next week to hear from businesses that left the state.

GOP Assemblyman Dan Logue says the two-day trip is not intended to bash California, but rather examine how Texas has been able to lure companies in recent years. Logue says Texas has added 165,000 jobs during the last three years while California has lost 1.2 million jobs.

California faces a remaining $15.4 billion budget deficit after Gov. Jerry Brown signed $11.2 billion in spending cuts and fund transfers. The governor now wants a special election to renew recent tax increase.

Republicans hope the trip to Texas, which is addressing a $27 billion deficit over two years, produces “common-sense ideas” to get businesses growing in California.

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Comments (13)
  1. Thomas Bleming says:

    Who are they kidding?
    It’s just another excuse to go on an all expenses paid vacation @ the taxpayers expense.
    They’ll head to Dallas and live it up, before heading down to San Antonio to see the Alamo (and get some photos for their reelection brochures and TV ads).
    When they return they’ll cash in on all the PR from this trip
    Business as usual.

    1. Karen says:

      I think you are absolutely wrong and this is the reason why our economy is in the toilet. Whenever anyone does something smart, people like YOU criticize them. What are YOUR ideas smarty pants?



      Who are YOU kidding with this response?

  2. Really says:


    I agree. They already know it’s because of California’s anti-business climate and taxes. Just another excuse to get away from the mess they can’t dig us out of.

  3. Chris says:

    Tell them that Texas attracts companies by low taxes and relaxed environmental regulations. It is simple as that. And what about Unions?

    1. Karen says:

      Texas is a right to work state. No one has to join a union.

  4. swhitS says:

    Whoever thought of this should be recalled. What a waste of taxpayer money. They better be paying for it for themselves. Whenever I want to learn how to do my job better I have to pay for it my self.

    1. Karen says:

      I want to recall Jerry Brown for INSISTING on asking us to pay higher taxes.

      I am amazed at most of these replies. Our governor wants us to pay more taxes and here you are criticizing people who might get ideas.

      I always ask the source for information, apparently you don’t. Such a shame.

  5. Don S says:

    I had a tool distributorship in calif and watched thew state and city regulators run my customers one at a time out to col, utah, texas,arizonia etc. they finally got to the point I had no customers loeft. I thgen laid off ten enployees and lerft the sttate my self. This was in 1990 nothing has changed.

  6. martym says:

    California’s problem….. unaccountability for stupid spending and unions. This state alone used to generate in revenue the equivalent to almost England and does not have federal expenses only in-state expenses. How can a manager for a small municipality make $300k a year plus benefits for him/her and its entiry family plus a plush retirement package?? How can trash collectors make $100k a year plus benefits and retirement money forever?? How come so many public unions here have the highest paid employees in the nation?? Why does LAUSD have high-rise offices in downtown LA??? Why is the sales tax 10%?? Why do public works take months and years to complete??? Why does a high school cost $700M to build?? Why is our gasoline normally the most expensive in the nation?? The answer to these issues and more::: bad gov’t and special interest groups all at taxpayers expense.
    My business will be next to move to Texas, shut the doors and say good-bye and we can’t wait.

  7. Doug says:

    What a waste of money. California lawmakers have done everything in their power to drive business out of the state. Now they have the nerve to spend our money to go look at the damage?

    1. Karen says:

      Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris are wastes of money to me. So are unions. We allow our state employees to retire at age 50 and 90% of their salary and here you are complaining about this MINOR expense.

      And to Mr. Skype – I don’t conduct business meetings by Skype. High level business meetings are conducted in person.

  8. Red Meador says:

    With a little luck those suckers will stay there. California would be a way better off and Texas would be happy to have them

  9. fish wrap says:

    They haven’t heard of Skype this meeting can be done over the computer