Priorities, California, Priorities
The New York Times reports that California’s Governor just signed a state-wide transfats ban into law. This makes perfect sense. California is facing its usual annual budget axe grind and a $16 billion budget deficit.
This just ends out being another regulation that hampers economic activity in my home state. So first the state government bans economic activity that would help the tax base (although a smaller California government is ideal) and because navigating the California regulatory structure is insane, it makes it more difficult to operate a business in California and thus more people want to leave the state. It’s possible that California might not add any electoral votes during the next re-apportionment (although it seems likely to add one seat). That would be the first time since California joined the Union in 1850 that it wouldn’t pick up any electoral seats in a reapportionment.