Since the recovery began in 2010, California’s net domestic out-migration, according to the American community survey, has almost tripled to 140,000 annually. Over that time, the state has lost half a million net migrants with the bulk of that coming from the Los Angeles-Orange County area.
In contrast, during the first years of the decade the Bay Area, particularly San Francisco, enjoyed a renaissance of in-migration, something not seen since before 2000. But that is changing. A recent Redfin report suggests that the Bay Area, the focal point of California’s boom, now leads the country in outbound home searches, which could suggest a further worsening of the trend.
The GOP needs to get going on Glenn’s “welcome wagon” idea — stat.
Are America’s tax migrants bringing California and New York’s high-tax views to sunny low-tax shores of Texas and Florida? “If I were one of those conservative billionaires (hello, Koch brothers! hi, Sheldon Adelson!) who are always donating tens of millions to support Republican candidates, I think I might try spending some of the money on something more useful: A sort of welcome wagon for blue state migrants to red states. Something that would explain to them why the place they’re moving to is doing better than the place they left, and suggesting that they might not want to vote for the same policies that are driving their old home states into bankruptcy.”
IF ONLY THE CALIFORNIANS INVADING OTHER STATES HEEDED HER ADVICE: So much for independent contractors.
GOVERNOR MOONBEAM: California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045.
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond,” Brown said at a signing ceremony in state capital Sacramento.
“It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done.”
At least 20 countries and twice as many large cities have made similar pledges, but California — the fifth largest economy in the world — is by far the biggest jurisdiction to do so to date.
The electric sector represents 16 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. More broadly, California has set ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Does this apply to electricity generated in California, or to electricity sold in California? If it’s the latter, then California’s electrical rates, already some of the highest in the country, will “necessarily skyrocket,” to coin a phrase. If it’s the former, California won’t achieve anything but make Hollywood and Silicon Valley types feel good, while making out-of-state utilities even richer.
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