Consider the disconnects: California's combined income and sales taxes are among the nation's highest, but the state's deficit is still about $16 billion. It's estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week to flee high taxes and costly regulations, yet California wants to raise taxes even higher; its business climate already ranks near the bottom of most surveys. Its teachers are among the highest paid on average in the nation, but its public school students consistently test near the bottom...
I drove from the OR border down to Bakersfield and then over to AZ in Feb. I-5 was potholed on top of patches. It was so bad, I cut over to 99 which Hanson cited as bad, but it heads and shoulders above I-5. What do you expect for a state with some 545 different agencies all staffed with high paid bureaucrats, handsomely rewarded with outsized pensions. And, as Hanson points out, these people not only don't produce anything of value, they retard others who do produce goods and services.
Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line.
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