Joining the California exodus is a beloved sticker company from Petaluma, Calif. The president of the company says he doesn’t like the state’s policies, high taxes, and social issues, so they are moving to Utah.
Since 1979, Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company has been producing stickers and creative products for the young and old worldwide.
Andrea Grossman’s son, Jason Grossman, is now running the company. He told NTD Television the past two years have been challenging with pandemic lockdowns, causing them to lose 30 percent in sales.
“I’m not happy with the way the government is going right now. I’m tired of the taxation, I’m tired of all the crises we have, roads being one of the big ones I have,” Grossman said. “I go all over the country. Our roads are just pathetic. It’s embarrassing. And I don’t see how they’re ever going to fix it. Every road you go on, it’s got potholes.”
The state’s policies and high taxes also contributed to his decision to move.
“I’m just throwing money at it, [they’re] taxing me more and I just don’t feel I’m getting any bang for my buck. I feel I’m just the piggy bank to them,” he said.
On Jan. 10, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed to have universal health care for all, including illegal immigrants. It will rely on a gross receipts tax, a payroll tax, and a personal income tax on those earning above $149,509 to fund the single-payer health care system.
“I pay $1,000 a month for health care. Why does someone who never contributed to this country or the state, come in to get free health care? I think that’s ridiculous,” Grossman said.
Now, the Bay Area-based company is moving from Petaluma to Kanab, Utah, a small town north of the Arizona state line. Grossman says he has a summer home there.
But he’s not planning for retirement.
“I’m actually doing the exact opposite. I’m going to keep the company going. I bought a warehouse down there for, honestly, almost 75 percent cheaper than here and I’m going to do the stickers in there but I’m also going to open a museum featuring Americana, Western history, and I have a large muscle car collection. So we’re going to do something we enjoy to do,” Grossman said.
His 89-year-old mother still lives in California, so he will return to visit regularly. He’s planning to pass the company to his stepson.
The company is getting packed up into trucks to move to Utah, where they expect to start unloading on Jan. 19. Until things settle down, the California store will remain in operation for a few more months.