Thursday, February 13, 2020

President Trump was fundraising in liberal-leaning California this week

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President Trump was fundraising in liberal-leaning California this week, as research shows Golden State Republicans are becoming increasingly agitated over the state’s economic conditions. With Super Tuesday approaching next month, the state has 415 delegates to award – which is about three times the amount of the first four voting states combined. New Hampshire, for example, has just 24 delegates. But one study indicates California is unlikely to turn red anytime soon. ⁣ ⁣Half of the state’s registered voters said they have either given serious or some thought to leaving the state, according to a recent survey from the University of California Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies. And it’s Republicans and conservatives who are three times as likely to be considering leaving than their liberal and Democratic counterparts. The top reasons for their discontent were high housing costs – a complaint felt across the political divide – followed by high taxes and the state’s political culture, which were largely cited by Republicans. ⁣ ⁣According to IRS data, California lost about $8 billion in 2018 thanks to the outflow of residents. It’s not just residents, however; businesses are leaving, too. ⁣ ⁣According to a 2019 study from Chief Executive Magazine, California is the worst state for business – with Texas, a state with no income tax, attracting the highest share of California companies. Another study showed that 660 companies moved 765 facilities out of the state in 2018 and 2019. Companies based in the state diverted $22.7 billion to offices and facilities in other states, costing California at least 145,000 jobs.

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