My wife and I have had it. We recently retired, live in Southern California, and we have to get out. Ridiculous taxes, restrictive laws, crumbling infrastructure, sanctuary city status, illegal aliens everywhere, homeless wherever you look, and no end in sight for this insanity. This is not the place to live, let alone retire, and we are not the only ones that are leaving.
In the last 10 years it is estimated that over 10,000 businesses have moved on to greener pastures. Texas has been the favored destination, along with other more business friendly states like Nevada. The taxes and regulations, both increasing year to year, are driving employers out. This state is becoming next to impossible for those that want to start up a new business, with the multitudes of licenses, inspections, and taxes that are required before one can even begin operation. Needless to say, California is lagging behind replacing businesses lost with new replacements. This shows in our monthly job creation, which was at zero last month, and with California continually lagging behind the average monthly job increases seen nationally.
People are leaving. Mostly middle class people and retirees are fleeing because of the taxes, high cost of living, and job opportunities elsewhere. People that are working and earn between $50,000 and $200,000 per year are leaving fast. States like Texas and Nevada, and many more offer a better lifestyle and affordable cost of living, something that is not available in the high tax, and high cost state of California. Retirees are leaving because they cannot see staying in a state where the lifestyle is so degraded because of crime, overpopulation and over-taxation. In the last 8 years, 6 million people have fled the state, and only 5 million have emigrated to California from other states. The Americans relocating here some of the wealthiest in the country, coming from states like New York and the New England area. These are in the top 1% of earners nationwide. The middle class is evacuating, and the population of the rich is expanding.
Other sectors that have expanding populations are those of illegal aliens and homeless from other states that come here for obvious reasons. We are a sanctuary state, so illegals have little to fear here from immigration authorities. The homeless flock here because of the excellent year around weather. Both of these groups also come here because of California’s excellent welfare state programs. Illegal aliens can get on the dole right away, and they and their children also can get free education, even free college which is something that tax paying citizens cannot get for their own children.
This state is becoming one of the very rich, and the very poor. Many of those in the middle have the common sense to get while the going is good. My wife and I are part of this exodus. Next week we are taking our RV up to Idaho, and then down through Nevada to find a new home. We have had it. This state that we both loved, the one my wife was born and raised in, is not our state anymore. It has been co-opted by the wealthy in their gated communities, and the illegals and the very poor invading our neighborhoods, and a state that invites them to do it. Some say that California today is tomorrows USA. For the sake of all Americans, I pray that they are wrong.