Lessons from California

Massachusetts voters do not have to guess what Question 3 will do to their food prices. They just need to look at what has happened in California after that state passed similar legislation in 2008 and 2010 (Proposition 2 and AB-1437).California Eggs Compared To National Average

After California passed similar restrictions on egg farmers, virtually identical to those found in Question 3, the cost of eggs jumped nearly 20%. this increase in egg prices was almost 14 times higher than the inflation rate for other foods in California, and 35 times higher than America’s overall inflation rate.

Today, the price of eggs in California is 90% higher than the cost of eggs around the nation. Prior to the implementation of the requirements in Proposition 2 and AB-1437, California’s egg prices were only 16% higher than the national average.

California egg prices almost double the national average.
California egg prices are now 90% higher than the national average.

Professor Jayson Lusk did a great job of laying out how Proposition 2 impacted California’s food costs. http://jaysonlusk.com/blog/2015/2/3/effect-of-new-california-laws-on-egg-prices