“Bad governance has consequences.”
Multiple business leaders and media enterprises in 2020 are making plans to leave California for southern states, where local governments exert a lighter touch on business matters.
Among the media companies to announce such a move this year was the Daily Wire, the conservative website founded in 2015 with Ben Shapiro as its editor in chief.
The digital news site announced in September that it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville. Shapiro cited California’s political environment as the motivating factor for the move.
California “has turned into a hellhole,” he said in a video announcing the move. The notoriously rapid-fire Shapiro called the decision “specifically, and really only, due to the crappy governance of the state.”
Shapiro, who grew up in California, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham earlier this year that high taxes, the threat of more tax hikes, “absolutely crappy public services,” the “undermining” of police forces, and rampant homeless problems in the state were among the reasons the Wire was moving to the south.
“Bad governance has consequences,” he said.
Daily Wire Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Boering told media at the time of the announcement that roughly 80% of the site’s 75 employees were expected to move with the company.
The Wire has not been the only company or business leader dissatisfied with California’s political climate. read more