- The Washington Times - Friday, May 6, 2016

Jamba Juice is the latest company to uproot from California in favor of greener economic pastures.

Chief Executive David Price cited “competitive operating costs” and “skilled restaurant talent” on Friday when he announced the popular smoothie company’s decision to relocate to Frisco, Texas, a city about 30 miles north of Dallas.

“The state of Texas meets all of these criteria, and Frisco is a community committed to healthy living that aligns closely with our overall mission,” Mr. Pace said, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jamba Juice currently employs 120 workers at its Emeryville, California, headquarters. The company said it expects to staff 100 employees at the new location.

Jamba Juice is just the latest business to flee California’s stifling business climate. In 2014, Toyota announced it would move its North America headquarters from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas.

Longtime California energy company Occidental Petroleum also announced in 2014 a move to Houston.

Nearly two dozen Bay Area tech companies have also moved to Texas since 2014, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, taking with them nearly $1 billion in taxable revenue.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry unabashedly pitched his state’s low taxes and minuscule regulations to California companies while in office, starting the Texas Enterprise Fund and other initiatives to lure business from the Golden State.

California Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill that will hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

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