Good for Nestle for getting out of California, now known as one of the worst places to do business in America.

The food corporation has opened up shop in Virginia, where they will be given tax incentives worth $16 million, according to The Blaze. Gone are the days of the business unfriendly tax rates of the Golden State, the enormous cost of living, and the anti-capitalist activists who have wreaked havoc on companies.

Investor’s Business Daily writer Terry Jones explained the kinds of things Nestle has had to put up with while its corporate offices were in Glendale:

[A]part from having higher taxes, absurd housing costs and more regulations than nearly any other state, California’s wacky laws have turned the Golden State into a venue of choice for activist groups to file costly class action lawsuits — or to launch anti-corporate PR campaigns against big, wealthy targets like Nestle.

In recent years, Nestle has faced two such activist-led actions, both spurious: One involves allegations that Nestle improperly documented its anti-slave-labor policies. Not that it employed slave labor, it just didn’t document it online.

Corporate harassment, Jones added, not only comes from these activists but also “top officials and local politicians — virtually all of them far-left progressive Democrats — [who] actively despise capitalism.”

The passage of Proposition 30 in 2012, which raised the personal income tax of the wealthy, is one example how lawmakers have effectively pushed out strong business growth in the state. Between 2008 and 2015, nearly 1,700 companies moved out of California and onto states more welcoming of business. This includes giant companies like Toyota and Occidental Petroleum, both of which relocated in Texas.

This also means residents are packing up their homes and taking their tax dollars with them. At least one million middle-class families have uprooted and moved to other states.

As a state that ranks almost last in both economic freedom and competitiveness, California is well on its way to separating itself from the rest of the country before a vote on secession even needs to be passed.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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