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California's competitiveness improves....a little.Posted by Jack Stewart, on Sept. 5, 2007
As California’s 2007 Legislative Session comes to a blissful close, the State's highest wage producers -- manufacturers -- are left with the very real prospect of increased energy costs as a result greenhouse gas reduction mandates and the potential for expensive universal healthcare. In addition, California is still one of only four states that "double taxes" the products we manufacture (by taxing both the purchase of machinery and equipment and the profits of the products those machines make). These three issues loom large and, coupled with the state's growing skills gap, create possible deal breakers for manufacturers looking to site or grow their operations in the California. See Wonder Bread .
*2007 Index based on 2006 data
*Western competitor states = Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas
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