The Daily Chart: California Dreaming Indeed

Last week the Wall Street Journal‘s James Freeman wrote about the wishful thinking of California elites who waive away any of the sensible causes for the droves of people leaving California (resulting in a sustained net population loss over the last few years for the first time in 170 years) such as high taxes, senseless regulation, rising crime, unaffordable housing etc.

Maybe Mr. Newsom is just unlucky. This week in the Los Angeles Times George Skelton writes that “the fact that Newsom has been governor while constituents flee the state is mostly coincidental. Sure, state public policy decisions have helped motivate some people to leave. But they probably would have departed no matter who the governor was.”

Well maybe. But then there’s this:

I’m sure it’s nothing to be alarmed about.

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