“Attendees heard from more than a dozen businesspeople who complained of high workman’s compensation insurance, ‘predatory’ regulators, an unfriendly business climate, a ‘never ending paper trail of business forms,’ exorbitant utility expenses, fees, taxes, quality of life and overpriced overhead.
Randy York said he moved his polyurethane manufacturing business from Huntington Beach to Reno, Nev. in 1987 because he was tired of being ‘hammered’ with regulatory fees from the fire department, the health department, the state Environmental Protection Agency, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
He said it got to the point where he was paying $2,000 or $3,000 a quarter on fees – for company of 20 employees.
‘They were killing us with fees,’ he said. ‘Fees, fees, fees.’
Alan Jurkonis, president of a company that makes fire hydrant and gate values, described the ‘death by thousand cuts’ that led his business to leave Fresno for Minden, Nev. in 2007. Shipping to Southern California was cheaper from Nevada than Fresno, land was cheaper too. There wasn’t a reason to stay, he said.
Steven Patmont, president of the company that manufactures ‘California Go-Ped’ motorized scooters, said his company left California for Nevada because California doesn’t appreciate business. He described how California regulators hit him with hundreds of thousands of dollars of small fines even though his company has a stellar safety record.”