California is one of the most expensive states for businesses to operate, mainly because of high pay and related labor costs, says a new report commissioned by an arm of the state Chamber of Commerce.
"The high cost of creating additional jobs puts California at a substantial competitive disadvantage when attempting to retain or attract businesses that have a choice where to locate," the chamber affiliate said in releasing its report.
The conclusion should come as no surprise. But at a time when California's competitiveness with other states is under scrutiny, reports like these spark debate.
After all, the state in recent months has been drawn into competition...