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It wouldn’t be a new week in America without a new story about how democratic leaders in California are freshly flummoxing their constituents with some bizarre new ordinance.

California, you could say, has a bit of a reputation for being on the leading edge of some bizarre trends, and for forcing their supposedly sovereign citizens into subservience in the process.  Just take a look at what regulation has done to the cost of living out on the west coast.

A company that manufactures workbenches and lab furniture is relocating to Goodyear to save money, while creating 30 new jobs in Arizona.

Matt McConnell, director of sales and marketing for IAC Industries, said the move will increase the stability and longevity of his business. IAC is located in Brea, California.

“The commercial property costs in California versus the commercial property costs in other states” made the decision easy, he said.

And it’s not just businesses. It’s also families.

McConnell said IAC has 20 employees who have moved already or are committed to moving to Goodyear.

Arizona gained 107,628 residents in 2017, one of largest population gains among the nation, according to Census Bureau estimates. The rapid growth should contribute to a promising job market and a strong recovery in housing, analysts told Cronkite News.

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Now, the wildly liberal state is pushing a new piece of legislation that will further burden the state’s citizens.

California has become the first state in the nation to mandate solar panels for all new homes, in a move to cut greenhouse gas emissions that critics say will end up raising home prices in the already expensive market.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote Wednesday, the California Energy Commission approved the policy.

The regulation will require all homes and apartments built after 2020 to have solar panels, adding an average of roughly $10,000 to construction costs for a single-family home. On the flip side, the commission says, the panels could yield much more in energy savings.

Spokeswoman for the Energy Commission Amber Beck told Fox News that under the new standards, new homes would be expected to reduce energy use by more than 50 percent. She argued that the change will lead to savings in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong:  Solar power isn’t just some far-left dreamscape of eco-friendly, renewable energy – it’s a valuable technology to invest in.

The problem here is the strong-arming of We The People in the process.  This mandate isn’t forcing global polluters operating in California to switch to solar power, nor is it doing anything regarding the horrific and inexcusable commuter traffic in the southern portion of the state.  It’s simply sticking Americans with the bill for something that will California’s leaders look innovative.

 

 

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