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Stories like this are cropping up all across the country. What can/should we do to protect the jobs from leaving?

Del Monte said it was no longer economically feasible to grow pineapple in Hawaii because it can be produced for less elsewhere.

reduce regulations on businesses that drive up costs..

reduce taxes on businesses that drive up costs (you know, sure there are bound to be some wealth transfer programs that could stand some trimming, some bureacracies reduced, break the unions hold on the public school system and let private schools compete for the available dollars, get better rewards and possibly reduced costs to name a few)

and if you are seriously asking these questions, call some business owners that have left CA for other western states because the state made it too expensive to operate a business there.

there is a balance in there. Remember, all of these government regulations while they sound fine are also a burden in some fashion to someone (call it opportunity cost). All of these social programs (call it for what they are, wealth redistribution programs) come at a cost to someone else. Businesses bear the brunt of these programs thru taxes.

can't have it both ways, yet we keep asking government to make it happen and then complain/chastise businesses when they make decisions concerning their own survivability.

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