George Runner, former State Senator and the newest elected member of the CA Board of Equalization, published a striking opinion piece in the Fox & Hounds Daily, today. According to Runner, Governor Jerry Brown’s budget is foolish.
Why? Because it does nothing to improve California’s dismal jobs climate. Instead it would make California even less competitive in the battle for jobs.
For six straight years, California has ranked dead last in an annual survey asking CEOs which state is the best for business. A growing number of businesses are fleeing the state or choosing to expand elsewhere. It should come as no surprise that California’s double digit unemployment rate continues to be among the worst in the nation. We are losing the battle for jobs
Regarding Brown’s proposal to dismantle California’s enterprise zone program, Runner states,
It makes no sense to eliminate these vital economic development zones—we should be expanding them instead. Better yet, we should make all of California an enterprise zone. After all, the entire state is now economically distressed.
There’s a great idea. Make the entire state an enterprise zone.