A recent survey lists California as the worst state for business. This is the 12th year California has come in dead last in the Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey. This presents a rather serious problem for us here in Orange County. The biggest problem that California has is that it is not a Right to Work state. Taxes, regulations, and other policies have diminished the quality of life and made it unaffordable have crippled business in just about every industry except high-tech, entertainment and tourism.
When I am elected your next Orange County Supervisor, I will lobby Sacramento to cut the government strings and re-embrace economic freedom. I will ask that the California Legislature take a more proactive approach to budgetary issues. Rather than always reacting with a new tax, we need to watch what we spend money on. There are some issues (homelessness and crime) that need to have money spent on them and countless other issues that probably should not have money spent on them.
If Orange County hopes to be a vibrant place to live, these economic competition issues need to be solved. We need to give businesses a reason to call Orange County home. We need to make it more attractive to stay in Orange County rather than leave Orange County. This is the crux of economic competition. We are competing with other places around the United States for the presence of businesses in our county. We have to remove some of the extremely restrictive regulations that were also extremely short-sighted. We also need to put an end to Proposition 30, a measure that passed in 2012 and was sold to voters as temporary taxes. Isn’t it time we put our foot down and demanded our representatives do something to stop the bleeding in this state? When will we start worrying about the departure of the corporate headquarters of such companies as Jamba Juice and Carl’s Jr.?
While economic issues are not a direct responsibility of an Orange County Supervisor, I intend to be quite vocal on this issue. I will do everything I can to take on this issue. My initial plan involves creating an Orange County Economic Task Force which will work with Sacramento to solve some of the problems we are currently facing economically. I will oversee this task force and help them gain access to the correct people in order to gain traction on this very important issue.