Los Angeles, CA – High taxes, increasing homelessness, and rising crime rates are leading many Californians to pack up and leave the state. Among the exodus, notable Hollywood stars are also saying goodbye to the Golden State. Dean Cain, the former Superman star, and Mark Wahlberg have recently opened up about their decisions to move out of California.
In an interview with Brian Kilmeade, Dean Cain talked about how California’s policies drove him to move to Las Vegas, Nevada. “I love everything about California except the policies. The fiscal policies, the soft on crime policies, the homelessness policies… have driven out anybody who can afford to get out,” Cain said.
Cain also expressed his satisfaction with his move, citing the high costs of doing business in California as a reason why many movie productions have moved to other states like Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. According to Cain, he has only filmed one movie in California in the last four to five years as other locations offer more affordable options.
Cain is not alone. Mark Wahlberg, another big name in Hollywood, expressed similar sentiments. The actor announced on “The Talk” CBS last year that he would be leaving Hollywood California to give his kids a better life and allow them to pursue their dreams. Recently during an appearance on CNBC, Wahlberg discussed the potential for the film and television industry to grow and create jobs outside of California. He spoke about the opportunity to diversify the economy by training and hiring locals in other states.
“I moved my last film here. I’m shooting another film here coming up in the summertime. I would love to see us building studios, creating jobs,” Wahlberg said.
In addition to the film industry’s migration, personal finance is also a significant factor in these moves. Dean Cain pointed out the tax benefits of living in Nevada, which does not have a state income tax. “I try to be smart with my money. That’s why I was able to sell my house for as much as I did in California… staying in California was anything but a smart financial decision,” Cain explained.
Brian Kilmeade suggested that these departures may just be the beginning, as more people, including those in the entertainment industry, reevaluate the costs and benefits of residing in California.
As the film industry continues to explore new horizons, and major stars like Dean Cain and Mark Wahlberg take the lead in moving out, it remains to be seen how California will address the issues that are driving its residents away.
For now, the migration continues, and as Dean Cain remarked, “People are flocking out of there in droves.” The question remains: who will be next?