CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - Gov. Jerry Brown's trade mission to China this week is intersecting with one of the most controversial issues of his governorship: California's $68-billion bullet train. The governor has staked part of his legacy on the rail network, a centerpiece of his vision for California. He is hoping that China, which is enjoying an economic boom and spent $77.6 billion on overseas investments last year, according to official figures, will pump some of its cash into the troubled project.
April 10, 2013 |
First it was Texas Gov. Rick Perry who came to California with his cowboy swagger and boasts about lassoing away businesses. Then the South Dakota governor swept through to recruit dairy farmers. Soon after, the Iowa governor made an appearance. Now they're coming in pairs. Joining forces, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are heading to California on Thursday to try their luck at wooing California businesses. On a two-day tour with stops in Costa Mesa, Palo Alto and San Francisco, the old friends plan to tout the wonders of doing business in their states.
March 28, 2013 |
California could lose more than 26,000 jobs as a result of a tax provision in the federal healthcare law, a small-business advocacy group said. A study by the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation found that employment in the Golden State may see a loss of from 14,322 to 26,296 jobs by 2022 because of the Health Insurance Tax provision. The NFIB is one of the biggest opponents of the federal healthcare law and joined in the Supreme Court lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.
February 21, 2013 |
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is sweeping through California in a bid to lure businesses away -- a mere week after his counterpart in Texas similarly tried to bag some Golden State companies. Branstad and Texas Gov. Rick Perry had similar courtship strategies: Convince companies how terrible California is for businesses. "A happy hunting ground," is what Branstad called California during an interview on KCRA 3 in Sacramento. "The state's in a financial mess," Branstad said. "Taxes are going up. There's a lot of uncertainty.
February 12, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on a hunting trip in California. And the prey is Golden State businesses - and jobs. Perry kicked off his in-your-face campaign to woo companies to the Lone Star State this month with radio ads declaring that "building a business in California is next to impossible. " Now the governor is on a whirlwind trip through the state courting companies in person. "You fish where the fish are," Perry said Tuesday during an interview in Beverly Hills, his slow drawl emphasizing each point.
February 6, 2013 |
Outspoken California Gov. Jerry Brown has roundly dismissed radio ads by Texas Gov. Rick Perry that slam the Golden State's business environment. "It's not a serious story, guys," Brown told reporters at a Tuesday business event. The radio spots voiced by Perry, who has tried before to woo California businesses to the Lone Star State, starts out with the Texas governor proclaiming that "building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible.