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Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas
The New American ^ | 23 November 2012 | Bob Adelmann

Posted on 11/23/2012 6:28:55 AM PST by VitacoreVision


The U-Haul Index, popularized by economist Mark Perry, shows how much extra people in California are willing to pay to get out of town and head for Texas.
Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas


The New American
23 November 2012


One of the best indicators of a state’s economic health, according to John Merline, writing in Investor’s Business Daily, is the “U-Haul Index” (first publicized by economist Mark Perry) to see what people are paying to move into, or out of, the state. Renting a 20-foot truck one way from San Francisco to San Antonio, Texas, for example, costs $1,693. Going in the other direction, however, costs only $983 for the same truck.

As Perry explains:

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The American people and businesses are voting with their feet and their one-way truck rentals to escape California and its forced unionism, high taxes, and high unemployment rate for a better life in low-tax, business-friendly, right-to-work states like Texas.
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They have lots of reasons to leave. According to the Tax Foundation, “Tax Freedom Day” arrives earlier in Texas than it does in California, due to its zero individual and corporate income tax and a lower sales tax. Put together, Texas’ state and local tax burden is less than eight percent of income, well below the national average of nearly 10 percent, while California’s is almost 12 percent.

This enormous disparity puts California the 48th out of the 50 states in the foundation’s overall business tax climate index, while Texas ranks ninth.

It isn't all about taxes, however. Its regulatory environment and yawning fiscal deficits are chasing companies away to more favorable locales. Part is the state’s determined efforts to increase still further its tax burden on high income earners — now an astounding 13 percent — along with its implementation of policies favored by the Obama administration in Washington. As Joel Kotkin of NewGeography.com put it,

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California will serve as the prime testing ground for President Obama’s form of post-economic liberalism. Every dream program that the Administration embraces — cap and trade, massive taxes on the rich, high-speed rail — is either in place or on the drawing boards.
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Despite the state’s efforts to redistribute the wealth from those who earned it to those who didn't, “the ranks of the poor have swollen to the point that the state, with 12% of the nation’s population, accounts for one-third of its welfare cases,” notes Kotkin.

In their study “The Great California Exodus,” Manhattan Institute’s authors Tom Gray and Robert Scardamalia looked not only at how many are leaving, but where they’re going and why. Since 1990 California has lost nearly 3½ million residents, most of them moving to southwestern states such as Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.

They blame this out-migration on California’s “chronic economic adversity” as well as its population density: Los Angeles and Orange County have nearly 7,000 people per square mile, more than either New York City or Chicago. A third factor is what they call the state’s “constant fiscal instability” and the likelihood that its continued spending beyond its means will result in even higher taxes in the future.

Put altogether, then, the authors conclude

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that many cost drivers — taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs — are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.

The U-Haul Index has been confirmed in each of the last eight years by Chief Executive magazine in its annual survey of CEOs: "Texas easily clinched the No. 1 rank, the eighth successive time it has done so. California earns the dubious honor of being ranked dead last for the eighth consecutive year."
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The magazine notes the obvious:

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California’s enduring place of perpetual decline continues in this year’s ranking. Once the most attractive business environment, the Golden State appears to slip deeper into the ninth circle of business hell. The economy, which used to outperform the rest of the country, now substantially under performs.

And its status as the most ruinously contentious place to operate remains undisturbed in eight years. Its unemployment rate, at 10.9 percent, is higher than every other state except Nevada and Rhode Island. With 12 percent of America’s population, California has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients.

Each year, the evidence that businesses are leaving California or avoid locating there because of the high cost of doing business due to excessive state taxes and stringent regulations, grows.
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The U-Haul index is right: More and more people think it’s worth it to pay extra to get out of California.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: california; texas
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1 posted on 11/23/2012 6:29:05 AM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

The problem is these idiots bring their liberal politics with them and mess up the red states.


2 posted on 11/23/2012 6:30:18 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: VitacoreVision

Butt will these Californians be “Bringing(Inflicting)” thier SWIVED(look it up)-UP California “Ideas” that have SCREWED UP that state with them?


3 posted on 11/23/2012 6:31:40 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Watch out, Texas. Same thing happened to Oregon 30 years ago and they haven’t been right since.


4 posted on 11/23/2012 6:32:16 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: TigerClaws

locust


5 posted on 11/23/2012 6:33:32 AM PST by rigelkentaurus
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To: VitacoreVision
I am not surprised. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they moved to Colorado and Californicized it. Now they will try to do the same for Texas. Texas needs to enact stronger border control. Maybe redirect some of their resources from the Mexican border to the New Mexican border.
After all most of the Mexicans will work. Californicators will just suck up the state's resources.
6 posted on 11/23/2012 6:34:16 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: VitacoreVision

There goes Texas. Between the Californicators and the illegals, that state is lost.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 6:35:00 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: VitacoreVision

Great! Liberals flooding the country, spreading like a virus to poison whatever area they land in at large enough numbers.


8 posted on 11/23/2012 6:36:27 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Uncle Chip

Put up fake road signs.


9 posted on 11/23/2012 6:37:08 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: TigerClaws

California is a liberal’s paradise, it’s the product of their mindset. Hopefully it’s the small government-type people getting out of the California hellhole.


10 posted on 11/23/2012 6:37:25 AM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Direct them to Austin. Keep ‘em all in one place.


11 posted on 11/23/2012 6:37:55 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: VitacoreVision

These POS had better not be libtards... You’ve already infested and eff’d up one state, don’t come here thinking you’ll do the same. Ignorant morons...


12 posted on 11/23/2012 6:39:11 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: VitacoreVision
NO NO NO NO

Someone warn please these people. We have huge giant lizards that will eat your children, the women have green skin and horns, giant monsters roam the streets and carry people away, there are no jobs, land is a million dollars a square foot, it rains crickets every spring, we have no electric power, we have no sanitation, etc, etc, etc.

(Please, no more immigrants from outside the state unless they are rock solid conservatives. We just elected a dam good Senator, and we really don't need ANY transplanted liberal crap.)

13 posted on 11/23/2012 6:39:33 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: TigerClaws

I doubt the liberals are the ones leaving.


14 posted on 11/23/2012 6:43:37 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: VitacoreVision

Dumbasses going to Texas to pollute it with their shi&&y voting habits.


15 posted on 11/23/2012 6:43:48 AM PST by albie
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To: VitacoreVision

Forget protecting the border with Mexico we need to protect, it’s the New Mexico one we need to patrol.


16 posted on 11/23/2012 6:44:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: VitacoreVision

Texas is a Miserable place its Hot, the people are rude, its all desert with big spiders and snakes. The Mesquitos are HUGE and will suck all the blood out of a small child.

All the roads are dirt and the food is the worst you could ever eat... there are no fast food restaraunts and no modern Conveniences such as internet or mobile phone.

STAY AWAY Californians this place ins’t for you.


17 posted on 11/23/2012 6:47:07 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: VitacoreVision
Hopefully it’s the small government-type people getting out of the California hellhole

A lot of those leaving are those who have worked for the public sector all their lives, and are now collecting their CalPERS retirement checks, and will now disavow Kalifornia's fiscal mess as even though they had a hand in it and still benefit from it.

18 posted on 11/23/2012 6:48:25 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: VitacoreVision

In a decade, they will make Texas into Cali2.

Then, they will be looking for some other state to invade and ruin.


19 posted on 11/23/2012 6:54:41 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: VitacoreVision

Don’t let them Californicate Texas!

Perhaps we need to welcome them as the welcomed people from north Texas fleeing the dust bowl in the 1930s.


20 posted on 11/23/2012 6:54:50 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: VitacoreVision

Please no! Stay away!


21 posted on 11/23/2012 6:55:47 AM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: TigerClaws
The problem is these idiots bring their liberal politics with them and mess up the red states.

I imagine some of the exodus are libs, but I'd bet most are conservatives leaving the state.

ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE: Once a week, bright and early, my wife calls a close female friend in Vegas for worship talk. Before the worship begins, they talk of other things. The woman in Vegas owns a moving company, and she informed my wife of a growing trend: conservatives moving to Texas. In fact, right after the election, this company moved 4 families to Texas! And, yes, she knew they were all conservative families.

On the negative side, I hate to see conservatives leave a swing state (Nevada), but I did the same thing two decades ago. My wife and I left California for Arizona and Nevada.

But we brought our Neanderthal conservative values with us.

Something to consider...

22 posted on 11/23/2012 6:55:56 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: TomGuy
In a decade, they will make Texas into Cali2. Then, they will be looking for some other state to invade and ruin.

Just like termites.

23 posted on 11/23/2012 6:56:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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24 posted on 11/23/2012 6:58:56 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: VitacoreVision

Geez, Minnesota is 45th out of 50, yet we have one of the lowest unemployment rates around. I’m still scratching my head on that one. I can only assume it’ll get worse.


25 posted on 11/23/2012 7:00:38 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: TomGuy

26 posted on 11/23/2012 7:00:38 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: VitacoreVision

Oh no....there goes the neighborhood. They screwed up CA, bankrupting it, so now they are bringing their lousy politics with them to screw up TX.

If someon comes from CA, don’t sell them a house or give them a job.


27 posted on 11/23/2012 7:03:47 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: dfwgator

I lived in Tulsa in the early 80s. The recession was hitting some of the northern and northeast states. Tulsa’s unemployment rate was about 2.8%.

The Tulsa Mayor went on TV and exclaimed to those in the northern states: ‘We have jobs! Come on down!’

And they did.

Every 3rd vehicle on the streets was an out-of-stater. Most were from Illinois and Michigan, but other states were represented.

By about 1983/84 the recession was hitting Tulsa. Unemployment shot up. You couldn’t BUY a job at McDonald’s. The ‘official’ UE rate was nearly 9% and the ‘unofficial’ UE was nearer 13%.

It took Tulsa nearly 2 decades to recover.


28 posted on 11/23/2012 7:05:28 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: VitacoreVision

"The skies to the west darken! The liberals are coming! The liberals are coming!"


29 posted on 11/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: Tupelo
After all most of the Mexicans will work. Californicators will just suck up the state's resources.

CA has one-third of the nation's welfare population. Who the Hell do you think are on welfare? 38% of the population is Hispanic, most of them Mexican-Americans and illegals from Mexico. The out of wedlock birthrate for Hispanics is 50%. They have the highest school dropout rate.


30 posted on 11/23/2012 7:07:31 AM PST by kabar
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To: VitacoreVision

So after they have trashed CA and made it unlivable, they want out. And they will do the same to Texas what they did to CA.


31 posted on 11/23/2012 7:07:46 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: presently no screen name

“”I doubt the liberals are the ones leaving.””

True. We left for GA 6 years ago and we’re sure not liberals...50+ years of residence there for me (moved there from NY state)and my husband was born there.


32 posted on 11/23/2012 7:08:00 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: txrefugee

“If someone comes from CA, don’t sell them a house or give them a job.”

The newcomers to NJ aren’t looking for either; they are looking for freebies (including Section 8 housing, food stamps, and welfare). They also need a sterile delivery room for their anchor babies, and all services provided in Spanish.


33 posted on 11/23/2012 7:09:36 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: txrefugee
As long as they set up shop around the Ft.Collins area. That’ a beautiful area( reminds me of little house on the prairie without water and only windmills to play on.
34 posted on 11/23/2012 7:10:25 AM PST by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: US Navy Vet

my sister inlaw (a liberal lesbian) voted voted voted then moved away because she cannot afford to live in Cali anymore. Conyers GA is blessed with her voting habits now. She cannot afford to move back, so good riddance to her, but the damage is done here. I am looking to move out when her parents die, (she refused to stay here and help out). I have been dumped on again.


35 posted on 11/23/2012 7:11:29 AM PST by television is just wrong
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To: kabar

Bookmarked.


36 posted on 11/23/2012 7:11:45 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: VitacoreVision
I hope Mr Ditter’s California relatives don't figure this out. they are flaming liberals.
37 posted on 11/23/2012 7:12:19 AM PST by Ditter
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To: VitacoreVision; Lady Jag; patriot08; All

” - - - The American people and businesses are voting with their feet - - - “

Americans are repeating what the East Germans did in the 1990’s: doing an end run around Commie constructed financial walls.

Will the fate of Commie Obamanation follow fate of Commie California? The 47 % on the Entitlement Welfare Wagon want to know!

To paraphrase Karl Marx: ‘All with ability come to TEXAS, all with needs go to California, or back home to Mexico.’

BTW, this pitter-patter of fleeing feet just might, could, become known as ‘The Revised Romney Plan of Self Migration.’


38 posted on 11/23/2012 7:13:09 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: VitacoreVision

Texas needs to erect signs near El Paso and Amarillo to head off the influx.

Signs should point northward and say “Marijuana is now legal in Colorado. Go there instead.”


39 posted on 11/23/2012 7:14:39 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TigerClaws
On this day after Thanksgiving, I am truly grateful for the show Swamp People and similar shows.

I think they create an impression of life in Louisiana that keeps most Californians away from the state.

40 posted on 11/23/2012 7:15:00 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Rightly Biased

How right you are, Texas is an awful place. It is going to be 98 degrees today and that is a cool down...... no indoor plumbing...... all we have to eat is tamales, mostly masa.... :(


41 posted on 11/23/2012 7:21:39 AM PST by Ditter
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To: presently no screen name

Yeah, cause no liberals from that kalifornia sewer ever moved to Orygone, Washington State, Colorado, Austin, Tulsa......... /s


42 posted on 11/23/2012 7:22:21 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: Common Sense 101

Initially they won’t appear to be but then they’ll get in to the mindset of “we did it like this in cali” and then they’ll slowly eat themselves right in to the same situation they “escaped” from. Prepare to get californicated. I read somewhere that TX only has about 4-6 years before it goes blue. Major pop centers will screw the rurals like LV has done in NV, LA and SF in CA. You know the drill. Maybe a move north to OK is in order.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


43 posted on 11/23/2012 7:23:12 AM PST by rktman
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To: VitacoreVision

One has to hope that these characters will leave all their f*cked up California notions at the border, such that Texas doesn’t become just another whacked out bastion of Liberal idiocy.

On the other hand, the same thing happened to New Hampshire, when hordes of Massholes traveled north to escape the mess they’d made in Massachusetts, only to recreate their messes in the North Country, with disastrous results for the people of New Hampshire.


44 posted on 11/23/2012 7:24:34 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Ditter

The Cows and goats are prettier than the wemin folk and the water is BAD


45 posted on 11/23/2012 7:24:51 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: VitacoreVision

Years ago, when the TransAlaska Pipeline was built, the saying was: “Happiness is 1,000 Okies headed south with a Texan under each arm.”

Now it is Texas’ turn to define happiness and it does not involve anyone from California who want to bring their lib culture here. Austin is already a blue boil that is spreading.


46 posted on 11/23/2012 7:25:00 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: TigerClaws

From California.... Stop them at the border.... They are infected with the zombies virus.


47 posted on 11/23/2012 7:25:45 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Rightly Biased
How right you are! I am a wemin and I am a 2 bagger! :D
48 posted on 11/23/2012 7:28:54 AM PST by Ditter
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To: VitacoreVision

Maybe we could erect toll stataions on I-10 and I-40 and charge and entry fee....say $1000 a head - payable in gold.


49 posted on 11/23/2012 7:29:37 AM PST by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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50 posted on 11/23/2012 7:33:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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