Thursday, August 31, 2006

Now CA Takes Aim at Wal-Mart

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California, my former home state and the original nanny state continues to destroy their economy by impeding big business:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bills that would give California's local governments more power to fight Wal-Mart and other huge stores are heading to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, over the objections of the giant retailer, business groups and Republican lawmakers.

The latest bill, approved 23-16 Wednesday by the Senate, would require local governments to consider an economic impact report before approving any "big box" store larger than 100,000 square feet.

On Tuesday, a 24-13 vote sent Schwarzenegger a bill requiring retailers to pay communities' legal fees if the local governments prevail in lawsuits that challenge zoning ordinances or regulations aimed at restricting mega-stores.

This is a state where the cost of living is exhorbitant, the illegal immigrant problem is costing taxpayers billions if not trillions and businesses are running over each other to relocate and these yahoos want to restrict Wal-Mart.

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