Open letter to Gov. Brown

By From page A5 | July 12, 2013



My wife and I have decided to relocate outside California as we are no longer willing to tolerate the tax-and-spend policies of the California Legislature.

Once again California has a one-year windfall of tax revenue, and instead of looking at the longer term there is a clamor to commit to a level of spending that cannot be sustained in the future. These boom-bust cycles are fiscal madness.

Four years ago I closed down my California small business because of the burden of regulations, state bureaucracy and the multiple agencies with their hands in my cash register. We are now completing our plan to leave the state entirely.

To those who feel the same as we do, I encourage you to be bold and move out. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Those who would like to move, but cannot, you have our sympathy.

We are moving to a state that appears to understand lower tax rates generate more revenue, and ever-increasing rates or hiding taxes as fees only results in resentment.

So in saying goodbye, we also bid farewell to Mr. Longhofer and Mr. Garon; you have what you voted for and probably what you deserve.


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