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Californians approve massive
tax hike on the wealthy

CNN/Money, by Tami Luhby

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 11/7/2012 3:05:04 PM

Californians approved a measure Tuesday that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax. It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years. Proposition 30, which Governor Jerry Brown has lobbied heavily for, captured 54% of the vote. Its approval prevents massive budget cuts to the state's public schools and universities. Brown built the tax hike into his budget so its passage was critical. Among the hardest hit by the Great Recession, California has had to slash billions of dollars from its budget in recent years

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Expect Hollywood liberal elites to flee CA in droves.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 11/7/2012 3:06:24 PM     (No. 8997202)

"Texas-Arizona Here I Come"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PChristopher, 11/7/2012 3:08:03 PM     (No. 8997207)

Headline: "49 states pass laws barring California wealthy from entering!"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/7/2012 3:10:50 PM     (No. 8997222)

Let's get some Freshwater Economists to track this and see how much revenue it costs the state!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: engrpat, 11/7/2012 3:11:49 PM     (No. 8997229)

Oh this even gets better. Seems that the good people of California have given the democrats a full 2/3's majority in both houses of the legislature. The dems are free to spend and regulate at will, the Republicans might not as well show up, they have no say about anything. Sure glad we moved from there in 2001.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Northstar, 11/7/2012 3:12:18 PM     (No. 8997232)

Who is John Gault?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: peebster, 11/7/2012 3:12:54 PM     (No. 8997235)

...when this fails to halt the decline of CA, when this somehow fails to expire on it's intended date, then this fails to save the schools, when this fails to halt the libs in CA from finding other uses for the money, when this fails to halt the teachers unions from spending it all on pensions, when this fails, I'm sure we'll be reading in all of the papers how this failure is a test case for Obama's future plans for America.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: novakid, 11/7/2012 3:14:06 PM     (No. 8997240)

That sounds like a really smart way to drive producers out of the state....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/7/2012 3:14:44 PM     (No. 8997242)

No amount of money will 'fix' California.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stevendm, 11/7/2012 3:15:08 PM     (No. 8997246)

It couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of people.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: msctex1, 11/7/2012 3:16:21 PM     (No. 8997248)

"California, this is Texas. Texas, meet California."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 11/7/2012 3:19:11 PM     (No. 8997265)

I agree with #2


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Reply 12 - Posted by: DARling, 11/7/2012 3:20:13 PM     (No. 8997267)

Time to blow up the bridges over the Colorado River. We don't need those people fleeing here to AZ, where they invariably try to remake AZ in California's image.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bill the Cat, 11/7/2012 3:20:33 PM     (No. 8997268)

I love it. Especially since I escaped from Californicate 5 years ago. In fact, they should raise taxes even more. Ha ha ha ha....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Namma, 11/7/2012 3:23:03 PM     (No. 8997277)

does this include the goofs on the View...good ole Shawn Penn, oh and Julie Roberts and Roseanne Barr...go ahead...bet their money is right next to obamas...off shore....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Amicus Veritatis, 11/7/2012 3:30:38 PM     (No. 8997297)

Hey great plan California. No, certainly those with wealth won't just leave and take their wealth, jobs and business out of your state right? s/o You folks are really that dumb? I know, of course you are.

It's a really simple concept-
penalize or raise the tax on it, you get less of it;
reward or allow profit on it, you get more of it. Raising the tax rate on it doesn't always work out they way government thinks it will. Some people have brains and know how to use them. But hey, we'll take your wealthy over here in Virginia so long as they leave their failed politics behind.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 11/7/2012 3:31:27 PM     (No. 8997300)

Just FYI, some of us who were born and raised in California have no choice but to stay here to care for elderly parents. So, do have some pity....we're not all crazies, but we have to deal with them every single day. Also, most of them are not "natives" but have arrived from other states.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Linda Ann, 11/7/2012 3:31:42 PM     (No. 8997301)

We don't want them in Texas either. They made their bed, now lie in it. Don't bring your California ideas over here.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: federale, 11/7/2012 3:32:51 PM     (No. 8997303)

America is in the whirlpool swirling down the drain right behind the City of Detroit and the State of California.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Maybeth, 11/7/2012 3:36:20 PM     (No. 8997315)

Well, considering Hollywood, it couldn't happen to a more willing bunch of people, I'm sure. After all, this the land of faithful leftists.
.... And just think, this tax is only for California. Wait until they get hit by the government.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rarebear, 11/7/2012 3:37:19 PM     (No. 8997316)

Now this ... will be fun to watch. Remember, though,: when Obama/Reid/Pelosi come knocking on your State's door for the largest bail-out in the history of civilization, make sure your Governors, Congresscritters, State Attornies General, etc. understand that their very lives (and I mean that literally) depend on their ability to say, with force and certainty, "Hell No".

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Reply 21 - Posted by: sardonic, 11/7/2012 3:37:41 PM     (No. 8997318)

A victory for illegal aliens, government unions and East Coast transplants who have helped ruin California. I get homesick on occasion but see no upside to moving back.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: plex, 11/7/2012 3:37:51 PM     (No. 8997319)

#2 is on the money. We don't want them here in AZ

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LadyHen, 11/7/2012 3:39:30 PM     (No. 8997327)

As we saw yet again on that miserable map last night, California along with many states are overwhelmingly red by county and only blue in the urban areas.

There are a lot of good people in those red counties in bright blue states. Sad that their strident and brave voices are totally screamed over by the "gimme gimme free Obama stuff" hoards of stupid entitlement class minorities, young fools, and slutty women in the cities.

I do feel for you who can not move as I too have elderly parents and can't just pack up and leave.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/7/2012 3:43:58 PM     (No. 8997339)

Its sad that Communist China has a lower tax rate now than Communist California.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: JediJerry, 11/7/2012 3:47:16 PM     (No. 8997345)

Californians approved a massive tax hike on the wealthy which will send the wealth in droves to states which have lower or no income taxes. This is going to backfire like a joke exploding cigar, and all it will do is increase the price at the cash register for everyone while the "rich" bail out like rats from a sinking burning ship.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: NYbob, 11/7/2012 3:47:59 PM     (No. 8997346)

As states fail, DC will bail them out. It's easy, more bogus bonds, more QE stimulus. Till that doesn't work which should be early in this term of the New America.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: QRP, 11/7/2012 3:49:07 PM     (No. 8997350)

Yes - we lost the country, but it looks like there may still be a few good sideshows.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Amicus Veritatis, 11/7/2012 3:49:12 PM     (No. 8997351)

Please forgive this second post. My apologies to #16 and 23. We had a similar responsibility for several years. My mother-in-law moved from PA and in with us. No doubt she saved herself quite a lot in taxes and on her later health care cost too. You have my sympathy and my respect.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 11/7/2012 3:51:32 PM     (No. 8997360)

last week I would have just thought this was kommiefornia slitting its own throat again. But given that the looters are also still in charge in DC this will probably occur nationwide soon. There will be no escape unless you have the ability and resources to leave the country. *sigh*

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Reply 30 - Posted by: NancyD, 11/7/2012 3:55:05 PM     (No. 8997374)

I don't think they taxed them enough! Tax the liberals 90% of their income. If they live by the sword, die by the sword. Sucks to suck.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/7/2012 3:57:06 PM     (No. 8997381)

There are a lot of wealthy people in CA who I would love to have in Texas. Even if they are liberals, they will not change the politics -- their numbers are not great enough. Just bring your money and put it into our real estate markets. We can give CA our illegals -- that would be a fair trade.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: lilo, 11/7/2012 3:58:23 PM     (No. 8997385)

Seems like everywhere californians go they try to transplant their failed policies. Colorado, WA, OR, Montana. Go west, californians, go west+!!!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: lancelink1, 11/7/2012 3:58:58 PM     (No. 8997387)

What a great idea. Tax and spend your way out of debt. Works everytime. Top it off with a little class warfare and bring in some more illegals to mow your lawn.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: erod111, 11/7/2012 4:01:52 PM     (No. 8997407)

I heartily agree with all the gloaters above. This piece of gotcha news has finally brightened my day after yesterday's fiasco. Yes Gov Brown, push the knife in a little deeper and twist it. Bwa ha ha ha ha.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/7/2012 4:02:11 PM     (No. 8997409)

" that the measure depends heavily on the income of the wealthiest residents, which is volatile and difficult to predict." DUH.

Make sure you hit all those fabulous hollywood stars who promoted Obama!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lyndsey, 11/7/2012 4:03:02 PM     (No. 8997418)

I am stuck in CA because for some unknown reason my guy wants to stay. As soon as possible I'll move back to Texas. Made more money in Texas and was far happier there. And after yesterday...well Texas looks like one of the few sane states in the union.


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Reply 37 - Posted by: Fb2002, 11/7/2012 4:05:05 PM     (No. 8997427)

It's John Galt.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: 10ftOverhead, 11/7/2012 4:07:50 PM     (No. 8997438)

As of today I will be dropping my two business registrations here in California and incorporating in Nevada. I moved here in April, 1992 and have been witness to the deterioration of a once great state. Arizona, will you take me?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 11/7/2012 4:07:59 PM     (No. 8997439)

Lulz. Enjoy the fruits of 'your' labor California Dems.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/7/2012 4:08:49 PM     (No. 8997444)

#16: I'm stuck here too, and I have no idea when we'll get out. What a disaster.

The thing is, we probably have the cleanest elections going because the Democrats know they don't even have to bother cheating because the California electorate is so stupid they'll vote the Dems way anyway.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: borderboy, 11/7/2012 4:20:33 PM     (No. 8997480)

Don't want them here in Texas. Got too many libs now. Just look at Austin. Maybe they can marry up with the rich libs leaving France and form their own little universe headed up by Soros and Beyonce.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Really?, 11/7/2012 4:21:34 PM     (No. 8997483)

Perfect test case for the nation to watch. people will be moving out of that state starting today.

I DO hope someone or some entity can keep score. Lot's of Actors will be selling out.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: fed-up, 11/7/2012 4:26:30 PM     (No. 8997499)

What in the world is wrong with these people? Obama's money bags are going to flee like fleas or hide their money. The state will never be able to support itself. And frankly, we've got all we can do now to try an hold on here in the south. We lived in CA for 4 years.. long enough to see the outrageous "guidelines" and restrictions that were so costly. Funny thing is, most who live there know very little about how the rest of the states work. They just keep doing the same thing over and over. Insanity

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Reply 44 - Posted by: WIBadger, 11/7/2012 4:28:34 PM     (No. 8997506)

Ha ha...my liberal sister and her equally liberal pompass-ass husband live in CA. They're always railing against the evil greedy rich. Now the sales tax hike will hit them in the shorts.

Own it !

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/7/2012 4:33:04 PM     (No. 8997524)

"Oh little moonbeam...I will follow you...Oh little moonbeam...take over."

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Reply 46 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 11/7/2012 4:38:43 PM     (No. 8997546)

Watch the one-percenters flee CA. When the money disappears, expect CA politicians to demand that federal dollars support their bankrupt state. And the sad thing is, they'll get it - it's that vote-buying thing.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/7/2012 4:48:09 PM     (No. 8997592)

AND they are allready packed, sold their estates and are leaving for Texas.

I want to personally thank all the idiot voters in Californication for sending us in Texas all that MONEY!

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 11/7/2012 4:50:09 PM     (No. 8997602)




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Reply 49 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 11/7/2012 4:51:28 PM     (No. 8997609)

Ha they deserve total confiscatory taxes on movie stars and singers only.
Sadly lots of the freaks from San Fran moved to take over and RUIN Portland Oregon.
Now Portlandia is more freakish and sick than even San Fran.
Hey idiots south of us, WE DON'T WANT YOU UP HERE. STAY the 'H e double tooth picks' out of Oregon--the liberals already here are ruining Oregon faster than we working, God-fearing, family oriented folks can fix it.


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Reply 50 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/7/2012 4:51:36 PM     (No. 8997611)

#17, interesting point you bring up...We've had Californians move into several small towns, run for office and try to take over...until they were told in no uncertain terms to not bring their bad ideas to Texas...and we MEANT IT, they quickly backed off knowing we were serious and didn't play games!

Don't Mess with Texas!

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 11/7/2012 4:55:57 PM     (No. 8997629)

California: A state with Mexican levels of productivity, American standards of living and Californian costs of living. There is no tax equilibrium solution.

The tax increases are temporary and really not that draconian but they will not solve very much. At best it gives the budget cutters more time to slash. One can expect the new revenue will dribble in at a good deal less than 6 billion a year. And then there is always those moving goal posts called the budget deficit. (Jan est was $9.2 B, May estimate at 16 B). It will grow and taxes whittle away at a shrinking private sector.

My concern is what happens when CA no longer has access to the bond market? And how is that 2/3 majority going to work? Will Brown have veto much of the craziness that is sure gush forth from the legislature? Will vetos even work?

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Reply 52 - Posted by: shombalor, 11/7/2012 4:55:59 PM     (No. 8997630)

To all you poor Californians who want to come to Texas, my advice is to "Go West, Young Man". Leave us alone.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: calgrammy, 11/7/2012 5:00:58 PM     (No. 8997654)

I Am a very conservative CA. resident. I did not vote for any of this crud. Glad to know TX. doesn't want me to move there. I lived in TX. the most unfriendly people I never met.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: shamrock, 11/7/2012 5:05:56 PM     (No. 8997676)

We are pretty unfriendly here in Idaho too.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: august9, 11/7/2012 5:19:14 PM     (No. 8997717)

Will someone please explain why the very people that go thru the effort of moving out of high tax environments like Ca. then proceed, (in their new states of residency) to advocate, and support the same ideas that they ran from?

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Reply 56 - Posted by: Hammock, 11/7/2012 5:24:36 PM     (No. 8997731)

The good news is that after this election the Democrats have a supermajority in Sacramento and Republicans can no longer "obstruct" (save) the state from whatever atrocious laws the Democrats want to pass. So no more blaming Republicans.

If Gov. Brown had only known, he wouldn't have had to push the sales and "rich" tax increase proposition. Of course, Sacramento can now override any of his vetoes.

As with any thread on California, some posters leap to castigate conservative LDotters as if they were liberal Democrats. My message to you is that if I want to move to your state, I will do just that and your whining won't stop me.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/7/2012 5:30:39 PM     (No. 8997749)

Ha, and Obama hasn't even put his Open Border policy in place yet. Wait until that Soros surprise is unleashed.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: ArthurDent, 11/7/2012 5:33:52 PM     (No. 8997756)

Take a look at the map again,. All the red states in the middle are going to end up bailing out Cali, Ill. and NY, and we don't control enough votes to keep it from happening. Thanks to all who didn't vote Romney, we're on the hook for at least the next four years.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: TX2Step, 11/7/2012 5:42:48 PM     (No. 8997783)

I think we should hurry up and pass new legislation here in Texas. I suggest that if you are a rich liberal moving here from CA, you be assessed a relocation tax (amount to be determined by the citizens of the great state of Texas). Also, you must wait 10 years before you can vote. Maybe limit them to only one resident per voting district as well. Hey, a person can dream!

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Reply 60 - Posted by: hershey, 11/7/2012 5:52:34 PM     (No. 8997813)

We may never have another chance as the libtards have vote fixing all tied up...

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/7/2012 5:54:26 PM     (No. 8997822)

Can I come? If I stay out here much longer, I'm liable to inflict serious bodily harm on somebody.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: alloysteel, 11/7/2012 6:15:08 PM     (No. 8997893)

Now THAT is a whizz-bang way to balance the budget.

Why has nobody tried this before?

Oh, yeah, right, they have. Where are those provinces today?

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Reply 63 - Posted by: MarinMike, 11/7/2012 6:16:32 PM     (No. 8997895)

I suppose I would be welcome since between the engineered crash of 08 and the new tax increases I, a sold conservative voter who wants to preserve freedom where ever I go, would be welcome.

Never been to TX, will be practicing my drawel, but I have visited AZ, a very nice place.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/7/2012 6:18:28 PM     (No. 8997900)

How many of the little hollyweirdos actually clain Hollywood as their primary residence and pay taxes ?

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Reply 65 - Posted by: noddy, 11/7/2012 6:19:30 PM     (No. 8997904)

And once the wealthy have left California, what are the illegals, the druggies, the I-don't-want-to-work people going to do? I feel terrible for the elderly and the really sick. And when this starts happening in other states, just what are the wealthy going to go? And how are the illegals, the druggies, the I-don't-want-to-work people going to survive? By that time it should be a regular occurrence to not care for the elderly and the really sick.

The ignorant, stupid, gimme more voters will coast for a few years. There will be so many of them I don't see how the Republicans will ever get voted into office again. Which means this country will not be able to survive as the greatest place the world has ever seen.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/7/2012 6:25:28 PM     (No. 8997922)

For those Californians considering relocation, please remember that Obama wants to mess with the economies of the two strongest states, TX and ND. Both have energy-based economies, which right now are very healthy. However, I don't know how long their strength will last if Obama implements his ideas for energy policy.

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Reply 67 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/7/2012 6:27:21 PM     (No. 8997926)

It was for the children.

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Reply 68 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/7/2012 7:11:02 PM     (No. 8998027)

The blue states voted for tax increases so they should get them.

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Reply 69 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 11/7/2012 7:14:19 PM     (No. 8998034)

Did they define "wealthy"?

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Reply 70 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 11/7/2012 7:54:52 PM     (No. 8998109)

"Californians approved a measure Tuesday that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax. It is expected to bring in $6 billion a year, on average, over five years."

It's not going to happen. Wealthy will leave and sales will fall. State revenues will drop.

But increasing taxes always feels fair, and that's the only thing that really matters.

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Reply 71 - Posted by: Pocket Aces, 11/7/2012 8:00:47 PM     (No. 8998128)

CalGrammy,
Texans are the most unfriendly people you've ever met? Wow. I've never heard that one. You must not get out much.

I think you took a few comments just a bit too seriously.

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Reply 72 - Posted by: jt26, 11/7/2012 8:11:33 PM     (No. 8998155)

Wow, it's like the whole state is brain dead.
I love this quote "But the Legislative Analyst's Office warns that the measure depends heavily on the income of the wealthiest residents, which is volatile and difficult to predict." Yup, especially when the wealthy flee the state in droves.

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Reply 73 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/8/2012 4:52:07 AM     (No. 8998661)

NY is demonrat controlled and they're just as stupid as CA. NY wants to increase the minimum wage (again) and index it to inflation. That way when hyper-inflation hits, everyone will get paid $50/hour as minimum wage. Businesses and people are continuing to flee the state in droves. NY already lost 2 house seats (not that it's any great loss--2 less NYC demonrats in congress). Stupid is as stupid does.

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Reply 74 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/8/2012 1:34:24 PM     (No. 8999903)

Our business has a retroactive 'new employee' to offset the new taxes. I took a 50% pay cut, hired my wife at my new salary, we file our taxes married/seperate and the problem is solved.

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/19/2014 1:53:02 PM     Post Reply
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Agence France-Presse, by Dmitry Zaks    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/18/2014 11:48:32 PM     Post Reply
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