California Steamin': Business Makes Tracks From L.A.

Ritchie Bonkowski is feeling unloved. The owner of a small Orange County (Calif.) electronic components business fumed as workers' compensation costs skyrocketed. Even when he could find workers, they often were untrained and quick to quit. Worse yet, no one at city hall seemed to care. In fact, the first time Santa Ana officials paid him any heed--aside from fire inspections--was after he decided to move to Idaho. Bonkowski gripes: "California aggravated me to the point where I wanted to leave."

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