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Texas Welcomes High-Tech With Less Taxes

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In 2013, Gov. Perry welcomed California businesses to low-tax Texas. (AP)

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Sunday, 22 Nov 2015 10:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I’ve written more than once about the exodus from California to Texas. Here I wrote about a company founded in California taking its 350 jobs east to escape the expensive burden of taxes and regulation.

Here I wrote how aggressive Rick Perry had no trouble recruiting 60 California companies to move to Texas while he was governor. And here I compared how the permanent political class has ruined the former “golden state” and loses in comparison to the less government, low-taxes Texas.

But this week brings us the transistor that broke the CPU’s back: Robot cars are fleeing California for the highways of Texas. According to AP, Google — another company founded in California — is frustrated that “California's Department of Motor Vehicles is nearly a year late in writing rules for early-adopters in the public to get [access to self–driving cars].”

Texas, on the other hand, currently has no limitations on robot Renaults. As a result “the company expanded testing to Austin to challenge the cars in a new environment where drivers and pedestrians are unaccustomed to seeing them.”

Another big reason for the move is Google’s belief, supported by legal experts, that Google–mobiles “would be legal without any change to Texas law.” That is heresy to the AP reporter, who probably fits right in with the California political classes’ paternalistic penchant for inefficient control.

Since the reporter characterizes California foot–dragging as “regulators have been drafting regulatory rules to give the public safe access to the cars.” In Texas the state government believes, at least for now, that drivers are intelligent enough to make their own safety decisions regarding hands–off transportation and potential purchasers have access to plenty of information discussing the pros and cons of the new technology without the nanny state butting into the picture.

Right now Google gadabouts are learning the streets of technology–oriented Austin, where Mayor Steve Adler enthusiastically welcomed the new project. The transplant Google fleet could soon represent more than just the loss of vehicles that go really slow and always use a turn signal.

Developments could grow much more ominous as far as Big Government supporters in Sacramento are concerned. Google employees relocated to Texas may soon realize they like living in a state with no income tax and word could quickly filter back to headquarters in Mountain View.

Even worse for California’s meddling politicians, management may think long and hard about the Texas Department of Transportation’s response to AP. When asked about new regulations for self–driving cars, the spokesman said the legislature doesn’t meet again until 2017! An entire year without the legislature breathing down your neck might prove too good to pass up.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 

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