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California Enacts Workers’ Compensation Changes

Gilbert Chan reports in the Sacramento Bee on yesterday’s votes in the California Assembly and Senate to overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system — which has been one of the major cost drivers behind employers moving jobs out of the state.

The legislature acted after it became apparent that the governor had been successful in obtaining more than enough signatures to force the question onto the November ballot.

Meanwhile, Virginia Postrel points out an example of the continuing difficulties generated by the full-time California legislature.

If you pass a new regulation every time some citizen finds something he or she doesn’t like, pretty soon you have a terrible place that discourages enterprise–and encourages exit.