Fine, let’s have it both ways – economic studies for all!

Russ Steele

The Assembly has sent their ‘superstore’ bill to Jerry Brown. The Assembly voted yesterday 43-28 to send Gov. Jerry Brown a union-backed bill that would require cities and counties to assess the economic impact of so-called “superstores,” such as Wal-Mart.

The Legislature has expressed mock concern about the impact of these”super stores” might have on small business and job creation.  The Legislature has little concern about the plethora of bills they pass that impact on local stores and small business. Bills that are often job killers.  So why the concern about “super stores.”

If the big stores have to pay for an economic impact studies, how about the Legislature paying for a third-party to do an economic impact study of the bill they pass that will impact small business? If these studies are good for the goose, they must be good for the gander was well.

Our legislative idiots have just created another friction for job creation. On one hand Jerry Brown says he is for creating jobs, yet using his other hand he is signing bills that kill jobs.  He cannot have it both ways.  As Texas Governor Parry said, “you can not be for jobs, if you are against businesses.”

In Nevada County we have done a great job of keeping out “super stores” and what did it get us? Super Stores just across the County line, where shopper head for the bargains that they desire.  Where are the jobs? Across the County line. Where the tax revenues? Across the County line.

The Gang of Four Supervisors in the 1990s did such a great job in keeping out the “super stores,” Nevada County does not need any help from the Legislature.  Oh, by the way I asked the Gang of Four to do an economic study of their proposed “big box stores” zoning regulation and they refused. Now the current Supervisors are left to worry about the lost tax revenue while unemployment remains high in the County.  Now we are playing out the economics of past decisions in real-time.

Why is it that local government refuses to do some second or even third level analysis of their first level decisions.  There will always be a public reaction, but our Supervisors are often left wondering “how did that happen.”

You can read more about the super store bill in the Sac Bee here.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Fine, let’s have it both ways – economic studies for all!

  1. gjrebane says:

    The Sac legislature will buy their economic impact studies from people with $25 mail-order diplomas on their wall, just like CARB did for justifying their AB32 implementation.

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