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Don't mess with Texas


POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:53pm

In a move that made me say wow this morning, Toyota announced they are moving the marketing and sales part of its American outfit to Plano, north of Dallas from a Los Angeles suburb.

We're talking 5,300 employees. It's not clear how many will be asked to move to Texas.

In several reports, it's stated the move is because so many of their cars are made in Texas and other southern states. Yeah, but they were in California since the 1950s. The business writer for the LA Times strikes closer to the bone.

This is something we've discussed here on the POV before, And that something is create a good business climate and smart folks will beat a path to your door.

This is what Rick Perry has been preaching here and campaigning for in other states, namely California. That's why they have not welcomed him out there because-- I think --they know he's right.

The Times writes Occidental Petroleum Corp. Moved to Houston from LA as well as 60 other companies because California s to tough on business.

California, like New York state, had beaten the heck out of business with high taxes and what seems ridiculous regulations.

Forget what I say, how about the mayor of Torrance where Toyota is moving from? He told the Times, "When any major corporation is courted by another state, it's very difficult to combat that. We don't have the tools we need to keep major corporations here."

The paper also writes Fritz Hitchcock, who owns several Toyota dealerships in Southern California, Toyota's decision won't affect local car sales, but said it represents an "indictment of California's business climate."

So, welcome to Texas.

And when it's time to vote, just remember why you live in Texas and not in California anymore. Don't mess with Texas the way you did California.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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'move OUT of TX'....

Hahahaha... idiot, for all the faults of Texas, moving out of Texas to find jobs or retire is just not done.

You sure don't here them moving to New York or Massachusetts or California!

News flash: US economy slowed to 0.1 percent growth rate in Q1..


Time to vote dems out. I mean really vote them out.

Obama's administration has been a total disaster in both domestic and foreign policy

Hope for BIG change in 2014.


The abatements will in time be phased out. Look at the LONG TERM benefits. They will pay property taxes in time but now they attract jobs,and jobs is what is needed for with jobs you have sales tax as well as huge economic benefits for all business, small or large.

Deaf- I play this little game with the cable customers get huge discounts, old ones dont get squat. So I get DISH for 2 years, get a good deal for 12 months, then I dump them and get DIRECT TV for 2 years. Each time I save lots of $ on new customer discounts bc existing customers don't get squat! SO how do you know Toyota isn't doing the same with Texas. In 5 -10 years, the subsidy runs out so they move to Alabama !! SO, the rest of us homeowners SUBSIDIZE a billion $ Company!

You're right, but ddean doesn't and can't understand that. They live in a make believe world that thinks higher tax rates create greater tax revenue and economic activity. That being said, I think what they're really saying is "I'm greedy too, so where's my share? I don't have the talent to earn it myself, so I want gov't to take it away from those who can and give it to me." When they say "it should be shared with the poor" they're really saying "give it to me".

Business climate in Texas: don't you mean the state gives them 40 million tax payer dollars plus millions in tax abatements. Conservatives talk against subsides then hand over $40,000,000 as if it was nothing but a drop in the bucket. And for what, the promise, repeat, the promise of 5300 jobs. How many of these companies publicly subsidized by the taxpayers have lived up to their promised employment? ZERO! Guess who Texas NeoCons now expect corporate campaign contributions from? Toyota!

Everything you say here is true.

And I love the idea of Toyota coming to the land of 'RIGHT-TO-WORK' and NO INCOME TAX!

Hope for change in 2014. Vote Dems out and let them live in DETROIT.

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