Thursday, May 2, 2013

California takes on candy

The California Attorney General is waging war against several popular grocery and candy retailers over candy?  AG Kamala Harris has filed suit against retailers such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other retailers and candy manufacturers for failing to properly label ginger and plum candies according the Proposition 65.  We have written before about the Prop. 65 warning signs in California coffee shops like Starbucks about the dangers of their products. 
 Who knew that candy and coffee could be so dangerous?

Prop. 65 requires businesses to issue warnings about even the very smallest amount of chemicals that are deemed “harmful” by the state.

California has gone off the deep end, joining Big Gulp Bloomberg in nanny-state excess.

The primary sources of lead exposure in the U.S. according to the CDC are old paint, contaminated drinking water and soil tainted by leaded gasoline – not candy.

Every day, California is sending a clear message to business: we don’t want you here. 

While California and AG Harris might not want the business of Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Target, neighboring states like Arizona want to send an even louder message:  Come on over ! The weather - that is to say, the business climate – is great!

These retailers are opening up shop in neighborhoods all over the U.S., injecting money in to the revenue stream, creating jobs and providing families with more and better choices when it comes to where to shop.  If California wants to alienate these businesses, dig a deeper deficit in their budget and turn away jobs, that is their prerogative, but in Arizona we are not in the business of killing business.

California’s Proposition 65 is too far reaching and is proving to be more harmful than helpful to their citizens.  It’s going to turn away business and hurt their bottom line. 

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