How do we appropriately express just how unpopular California has become with businesses? It’s like Brussels sprouts to a kid, John Travolta among masseurs, the Clippers in Memphis … you get the idea.
The latest Golden State basher? A survey of more than 6,000 small businesses from Thumbtack.com and the nonprofit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which gave California (along with Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island) an F grade for friendliness.
Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah scored A-pluses. Three of the top five ranked cities are in Texas: Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Four of the five cities in California – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento – have D grades or lower.
Among the 50 states, California’s growth rate and current economic health was ranked 41st; the level of optimism about the future was 35th.
According to small businesses, the state’s tax code, licensing regulations and health and safety code get F grades. Its environmental regulations, zoning ordinances and business-launching ease get Ds.
A separate study from the Institute for Justice found Tuesday that California is among the country’s most broadly licensed states, requiring government approval for certain occupations.
The state requires a license to work in 62 of the 102 low- and moderate-income occupations surveyed by the libertarian nonprofit law firm, including tree trimmers, funeral attendants and more.
Californian job applicants looking for work in such fields spend an average of $300 and 549 days on education and experience requirements, according to the report.
Louisiana licenses 71 occupations, the most in the country, followed by Arizona with 64.
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