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Back what would make someone moved from the Golden State to the lone star state the economy California.
Is hurting and that is causing thousands to relocate to Texas including our next guest.
-- divorce spent six years as a state assemblyman in California but has since moved on.
Greener pastures if you will in Texas he joins us now from Austin good morning to you sir.
Good morning so why are so many people including yourself making the move from California to Texas.
Well what's happened over the years that California which is a very dynamic state.
Has been stifled by this huge government that.
Keeps growing keeps adding taxes keep -- regulations making energy costs higher.
I used to work in the aerospace industry before I was elected to the state assembly -- worked in the aerospace industry for thirteen years.
The last major aerospace headquarters in Southern California relocated out of the state.
My -- industry has been eviscerate it it's -- to greener pastures.
And the numbers really reflect what is happening check out the map we have that shows.
How many people have left California you see that on your left 264000.
In the state that leads.
In terms of attracting people Texas.
Only behind no -- is number 1207000.
In terms of jobs.
They are disappearing from states like California and of course going to Texas a 181000.
From December of 2007 to January of 2012 why.
Well as very simple jobs go where they can best be employed entrepreneurs.
Like to have a good return on on their investment in when you have regulations and taxes.
That cause you do it burn less money.
People who want to invest in people who expect a reasonable return on their investment.
Seek to go to places where their hard work and their innovation and the risk taking is honored.
And Texas is one of those places.
-- -- -- -- -- So I don't -- that critics would argue that the problem here is Texas also has -- the highest rates.
Of -- uninsured in the country it also is one of the highest rates of minimum wage jobs in the country.
So isn't that creating a bit of a problem and a sense as well.
Well actually you've what you've got to do is look at the cost of living.
If it actually costs 42%.
Less to live in taxes than it does in California.
And when you take that into account even though California has one of the highest minimum wages in the country in Texas is just at the federal minimum wage.
The Texas minimum wage actually -- you far more as far as we could actually buy that it does in California because.
Things are so inexpensive and Texas relative to California.
And we're talking for the most part about what state governments are doing is there's something our federal government can learn from this what we're seeing in Texas.
Oh absolutely there's a lot that the federal government can learn.
What you're seeing right now is the Obama administration is heading America in a direction that California has already arrived in several years ago.
And I think Texas is kind of the once and future America.
Texas' is kind of the example of what you can do when you rely on hard work and liberty and freedom rather than big government -- overbearing regulations.
And there's a huge difference between the two states.
If you look at Texas vs California and California actually spent something like.
More on welfare is -- -- of its economy then does Texas 13 of all Americans on welfare are in California.
Texans on the other hand they work and they work hard adjusting -- -- thanks for being with us this morning we appreciate it.
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