Ebay, Adobe, EA Games, Many Others Leaving California For Utah Over Confiscatory Tax Rate

-By Warner Todd Huston

Computer software giant Adobe, computer game monster EA Games, and Internet auction king ebay are abandoning California to set up shop in Utah. Why? California’s horrid business climate and high taxes.

Adobe Systems, maker of a suite of graphics programs such as Adobe PDF, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, have announced that they are building a $100 million facility in either Salt Lake City or in nearby Utah County, Utah. The facility will bring thousands of jobs to Utah over the next few decades.

In May the Internet auction company ebay also announced a major new facility to be built in Salt Lake City. The $287 million data center will also bring hundreds of new jobs to the Bee Hive State.

Not to be forgotten, games maker Electronic Arts opened its new facility in July in Salt Lake City where around 100 employees are already at work.

These companies fleeing California’s horrid business climate are not alone. There has been a steady flow of businesses out of California for the better part of a decade. As California’s political morass worsens, as its budget woes increase, and as her politicians are proven incapable of making the hard budgetary decisions to take power from unions and chop unnecessarily lavish social programs, the state’s jobs are bleeding out. California is an a freefall the end of which is still unseen.

Here is a partial list of the large and medium-sized companies that have either moved parts of their business or have left the “land of milk and honey” for brighter prospects altogether.

Abraxis Health, Adobr Systems, Inc. Alza Corp., American AVK
American Racing, Apple Computer Audix Corporation, Apria Healthcare Group
Assurant Inc., Barefoot Motors Bazz Houston Co., Beckman Coulter
Bild Industries Inc., Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd. BMC Select , BPI Labs
Buck Knives, CalPortland Cement California Casualty Group, CalStar Products Inc.
Checks To-Go, Chivaroli & Associates CoreSite, A Carlyle Company
Creel Printing , Dassault Falcon DaVita Inc. , Denny’s Corp.
Digital Domain, Ditech DuPont Fabros Technology
ebay, Inc., EDMO Distributors, Inc. Edwards Lifesciences, Electronic Arts, Inc.
EMRISE Corp., Facebook FallLine Corporation, Fidelity National Financial
First American Corp., Fluor Corp. Foxconn Electronics, Fuel System Solutions
Gregg Industries, Hewlett-Packard Hilton Hotels Corp., Hino Motor Manufacturing USA
Intel Corporation, Intuit of Mountain View J.C. Penney , Kimmie Candy Co.
Klaussner Home Furnishings, Knight Protective Industries Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc., LCF Enterprises
Lennox Hearth Products Inc., Lyn-Tron, Inc. Mariah Power, Maxwell America
Miasolé, MotorVac Technologies Nissan North America, Northrop Grumman
One2Believe, Patmont Motor Werks, Inc. Paragon Relocation Resources
Pixel Magic, Plastic Model Engineering, Inc. Precor, Premier Inc., Pro Cal of South Gate
Race Track Chaplaincy of Amer., Red Truck Fire & Safety Co. SAIC, Scale Computing
Schott Solar Inc., SimpleTech Smiley Industries, Solaicx
SolarWorld, Special Devices Inc. StarKist , Stasis Engineering
Stata Corp., Tapmatic Teledesic, Telmar Network Technology Inc.
Terremark, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Toyota, True Games Interactive Inc.
TTM Technologies, Understand.com US Press shifted, USAA Insurance
Yahoo And many more

It should be noted that Utah is a right-to-work state.

Recently, Fox Business Channel also discussed this issue:

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