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  •  I think Movelike makes an important point (3+ / 0-)
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    There is a nearly universal feeling in the business community that Texas is business friendly and city and state governments work to help companies build or expand in Texas. In my state, California, there is a nearly universal view that the State is not business friendly even though we lead in tech startups and venture capital. And I see that reflected in rapidly growing companies who keep their knowledge workers here, but all the commercial scale manufacturing is placed out of state, or offshore.

    The perceptions do have a significant impact on business decisions and potential economic growth.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:31:00 AM PST

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    •  Perception (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't think it is perception, but rather reality.

      Two years ago, I attended my Uncle's funeral in western Pennsylvania.  One of the guests was the chief city planner for a second tier California city.  Previously, he had worked with one of the big Accounting firms.  He was appalled at the hoops business had to jump through to operate in California.  From renewables to labor the government made it virtually impossible for business to operate without violating some regulation or statute.  

      The attitude in the city government was that was just the way things were done and it was a natural cost of doing business.  He estimated that some businesses had to put 30% of their time and effort just into regulatory compliance -- not that the compliance regimen was more effective, just a lot more work.

      In his opinion (private, naturally), any business that didn't have to be in California would be nuts to stick it out.

    •  In addition to people moving to TX or maybe (1+ / 0-)
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      because of it, there is a great deal of building and highway construction.

      I live outside of Dallas and they can't build nice apartment complexes and condos fast enough. When I say complex, I mean it. They are large 3 story projects taking up lots of land - not tall impersonal buildings.

      Major expansion also going on with the hospitals such as Baylor and Southwestern Medical Center.

      I'm a expat from Philly. Housing in Texas is pretty amazing. There's a chance I may have to move back to Philly so I've been looking online at houses and apartments in the Philly area. I now live in a 1300 sq. ft. apartment in a park-like setting that would cost twice a much in suburban Philly.

      When regulations are passed just to "feel good" and there are so many that they overlap and the regulators don't even know how they intertwine - business will stagnate. Also if there are not enough inspectors to do a thorough job, then the regs are meaningless.
      However, I am a progressive who finds that social politics dangerous and scary. As a semi-retiree on a fixed income, it's a tradeoff I have to live with and work to change.

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:27:06 AM PST

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