Garbage Company Packing For TX?

Russ Steele

Katy Grimes writing at the Cal Watch Dog has another head slapper on the how the dithering of the useful idiots in Sacramento maybe driving another company out of California:

Another California company is making noise about moving to business-friendly Texas. With 200 employees in the Sacramento suburb of Folsom, Waste Connections Inc., has been negotiating with Texas officials to relocate the company’s headquarters to Houston, Woodlands or Austin.

“This is the worst state in the country to do business in,” said Ron Mittelstaedt, who said the company has not yet made a final decision to relocate. “There doesn’t seem be be any improvement on the horizon,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

Mittelstaedt started Waste Connections Inc. in Folsom in 1997. But lately he has been doing battle with California’s Legislature.

At issue is AB 1178, which would make it easier for cities and counties to export their garbage to other cities or counties. If AB 1178 (Ma) is killed, Waste Connections would have trouble expanding its Potrero Hills landfill in Solano County, and the company has already made $100 million investment in the landfill.

This is a privately owned garbage facility, that due to a voter initiiative in Solano County cannot expands it’s operations. If it cannot grow in California,  Waste Connections Inc planning a move to more business- frilendly Texas.  Elections have consequences.


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.

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