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Why people are leaving California for Arkansas | Fox News

  

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Via:  george  •  8 months ago  •  12 comments

By:   Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Fox News)

Why people are leaving California for Arkansas | Fox News
Today, there are thousands of California refugees - and thousands more from other states - in Arkansas. Come and see what our state has to offer.

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Ask people why they're leaving blue states like California, and they'll give you a lot of answers: more freedom, a lower cost of living, a more family-friendly quality of life.

But a lot of them are just tired. Tired of the lockdowns, tired of the crime, tired of the preening politicians who won't do anything to address the real issues they're facing.

As governor of Arkansas, I've had my chance to ask that question a lot of times. That's because our state has received a steady influx of new residents for years. Today, there are thousands of California refugees - and thousands more from other states - in our state.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders(Getty Images)

This year alone, about 32,000 new people moved to Arkansas, about 10% of them from California. Arkansas is now one of the top five states for inbound migration. And the flow isn't slowing down anytime soon.

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That's because my administration is focused on the reforms that will make Arkansas the best state in the country to live, work and raise a family.

Just in my first few months in office, we passed the boldest education reforms in the country, including universal school choice, cut taxes not once, but twice, and are making historic investments in outdoor recreation. We're cracking down on crime, getting woke nonsense out of our schools, and keeping kids safe online.

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I think these changes will be the icing on the cake for those who are already looking at how good we have it in Arkansas. Take our cost of living, for example. It's nearly 40% cheaper to live in Little Rock than in Los Angeles. Housing is about 60% less expensive; health care is 15% cheaper.

Imagine a family struggling to eke it out in California. For $500,000 - no small sum - they could afford a tiny fixer-upper in East LA. With that money in Little Rock, you could get a modern, 4,000-square-foot, custom-built home in one of our best neighborhoods.

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Taxes are another way we beat our coastal competition. Already this year, we cut the top individual income tax rate twice and built the groundwork to phase out the state income tax entirely. Our tax rate is about a third of that in California and going down.

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We're able to slash taxes so heavily because our economy is booming, creating billion-dollar surpluses. As taxes continue to fall, our economy will continue to rise - the opposite of the Left Coast's downward spiral.

But moving to Arkansas isn't just a pocketbook decision - it's about quality of life as well.

As 48 million people discovered for themselves in 2022, Arkansas is, for good reason, the Natural State. From world-class duck hunting to fly-fishing, there are outdoor adventures for everyone - many of which are located just minutes from our urban centers.

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Arkansas' 52 state parks are free to residents and visitors alike and offer a host of outdoor opportunities right at your doorstep. Four of Arkansas' state parks - Mount Nebo State Park, Hobbs State Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and Devil's Den State Park - host a collection of world-class mountain biking trails known as the Monument Trails that Outside Magazine just named the best in America.

Arkansas is God's country. I firmly believe that you haven't lived until you float the clear, free-flowing waters of the Buffalo River through the Ozark Mountains or watch a sunrise on a duck hunt in flooded timber.

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Arkansas is also the land of opportunity, where Sam Walton grew a little five-and-dime store into the most successful business on the face of the earth.

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Arkansas is the home of legends like Al Green and Johnny Cash who pioneered a new American sound. It's where Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine struck a blow against racism and blazed a trail for civil rights.

Arkansas is my home, and we'd love to welcome you here too, as a tourist, as an investor, and even as our newest neighbor. Come and see what we have to offer. I promise you won't regret it.

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George
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1  seeder  George    8 months ago

While it's Sarahs job to tout the virtues of her state, I can't help but think the driving factor is Walmart, they have started a lot of projects in Bentonville completely rebuilding the Home Office complex and have pretty much told all corporate employees that you will work in the home office and plan on relocating in the next few years. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1  Texan1211  replied to  George @1    8 months ago

Man, what luck!
Imagine being a $150k a year executive in California and suddenly going to Arkansas. Like getting a $50k raise.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  George @1    8 months ago
the driving factor is Walmart

bentonville arkansas, the largest financial backer of the CCP in the USA...

the gov's speaker podiums are way over priced though...

[This comment stands.  You brought up Walmart, George, and the article is about Arkansas.  None of this is off topic.]

 
 
 
George
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1.2.1  seeder  George  replied to  devangelical @1.2    8 months ago

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JBB
Professor Principal
2  JBB    8 months ago

Rich Chinese ostensibly fron California are buying up the really nice big old homes and the biggest farms around my Oklahoma hometown...

To grow pot!

Paying top dollar, too.

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
2.1  seeder  George  replied to  JBB @2    8 months ago

And Arkansas is forcing Chinese owned companies to sell their land.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.1.1  JBB  replied to  George @2.1    8 months ago

Not Chinese Americans...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Kavika   replied to  George @2.1    8 months ago

Yes, all 160 acres of it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.2  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @2    8 months ago
Rich Chinese ostensibly fron California are buying up the really nice big old homes and the biggest farms around my Oklahoma hometown...

To grow pot!

Paying top dollar, too.

Oh? 

Is there a huge market in Oklahoma to sell to state licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana use?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
3  JBB    8 months ago

Chickens do not butcher themselves...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4  Kavika     8 months ago

Two cities at the opposite end of the spectrum. Eureka Springs is very liberal, with lots of art, history and festivals then you have Harrison the most racist city in America. Harrison is also the head of the Arkansas KKK and the Nazi Party. 

Then we have the crime rate:

2023 Compare Crime Rates:
Little Rock, AR vs Los Angeles, CA


  Little Rock, AR Los Angeles, CA United States
 Violent Crime 72.1 29.1 22.7
 Property Crime 95 35.1 35.4

 Using data from the FBI, USA Facts revealed the rate of violent crime in Arkansas was 709 per 100,000 state residents, ranking it higher than any other state in the nation.Aug 1, 2023

Arkansas is also one of the poorest states in the union.

Arkansas holds the fifth position among the poorest states in the USA, with a poverty rate of 15.20%. Although the state has seen some economic growth in recent years, it continues to face challenges such as limited access to quality education, healthcare, and job opportunities.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
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4.1  MonsterMash  replied to  Kavika @4    8 months ago
Harrison is also the head of the Arkansas KKK and the Nazi Party. 

Harrison is the seat of the Arkansas KKK, The American Nazi Party has its headquarters in Arlington, VA.

 
 

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