Texas Touts Lighter Regs in Wooing California Firms

Monday’s news that Toyota is moving 3,000 jobs from California to Texas is drawing fresh attention to the competing business climates of the two states.

Gov. Rick Perry has waged a lengthy campaign for California businesses to move to Texas. Along with predicting California businesses will see reduced tax bills in Texas, he often touts his state’s lighter touch when it comes to regulating businesses.

“While California regulates,” his office tweeted last year, “Texas innovates.”

A closer look at the two states’ approaches to some key regulations reveals major differences that increase costs for California businesses compared ...

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