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Does Texas hold answers to California's job troubles?

April 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Costa Mesa-based tickets.com just announced it is shutting down its Concord call center and customer service operations. A Texas firm's software will handle the jobs that 125 Californians had.

Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Chico) is leading a bipartisan delegation to Texas next week - on their own expense - to find out why the Lone Star State is adding more jobs than California, pointing out that Texas added more than 165,000 jobs from 2008 to 2010, while California lost more than a million jobs during the same period.

"If we don't get into the game, and we don't realize that the golden goose is being slain in California, we're going to have to lay off thousands of teachers, law enforcement and the roads are going to get worse," Logue said.

But does Texas hold the answer to California's problems?

"Hell no," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "The fact is, California has a $2 trillion economy."

State leaders said Texas has a high poverty rate and ranks last in the country in adults with a high school diploma, calling to question whether its economy is fit for a 21st century model.

California, on the other hand, attracts the most venture capital investment. There was $12 billion last year.

"Don't undersell the home of Google, the home of Clorox, the home of the aerospace industry, the home of the Internet, so much of the research and development that is truly the engine of wealth," Brown said.

The state Employment Development Department's numbers show California added 100,000 jobs in February.

"Our growth of the California economy over the last 20 years has been bigger in California, more growth than Texas," said state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

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