Seventy businesses have left
What the lawmakers heard, reports Fund, is that excessive regulations and high taxes make it too difficult to run a business in California. For example:
Andy Puzder, the CEO of Hardee’s Restaurants, was one of many witnesses to bemoan
’s hostile regulatory climate. He said it takes six months to two years to secure permits to build a new Carl’s Jr. restaurant in the California Golden State, versus the six weeks it takes in . Texas is also one of only three states that demands overtime pay after an eight-hour day, rather than after a 40-hour week. Such rules wreak havoc on flexible work schedules based on actual need. If there’s a line out the door at a Carl’s Jr. while employees are seen resting, it’s because they aren’t allowed to help: Break time is mandatory. California
Fund’s article, “California Dreamin’—of Jobs in Texas,” (Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2011) also reports that more Democrats would have gone on the trip but were pressured to drop out by public employee unions.
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