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Sen. Correa also had a meeting planned with the owners of nail salons who say they are being targeted by state regulators for large fines based on picayune regulatory violations. I’m not arguing that small businesses shouldn’t pay their fair share of taxes or comply with reasonable rules, but it’s a sad day when the state government treats them like criminals or like a piggy bank.
Read those surveys of business owners, such as the one that ranks California last in the nation in terms of business friendliness. The owners don’t complain so much about the state’s high tax rates, but about the prevalent attitude in which they are treated with hostility by the authorities.
I love California. But if I depended on a catering truck for my living, I’d fill it up with my belongings and drive to Nevada.
Steven Greenhut is vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.