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State leaders closely watch
migrating millionaires

San Francisco Chronicle, by Kathleen Pender

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/12/2014 11:18:08 AM

When golfer Phil Mickelson hinted last January that he might leave California because of a big jump in his federal and state tax rates, it was met with such venom that he later apologized, saying it was insensitive to state his opinion publicly when people are living paycheck to paycheck. Mickelson still lives in California, but other wealthy people say they have moved out mainly or partly because of skyrocketing tax rates. (Snip) In 2011, the top 1 percent of tax returns accounted for 41 percent of the state´s personal income tax revenues, and that was before Proposition 30 raised rates

The trick for big-budget leftists is to revile and "soak the rich" only just shy of the point where they want to walk away. When that fails, watch for outright confiscation.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 1/12/2014 11:28:53 AM     (No. 9689236)

the comments after the article made by ignoramuses who apparently failed math are representative of the mentality of the lib majority in the CA legislative/exec branches---the left knows how to cheat when it comes to voting and they started cheating years ago when CA was a red state...and here we are.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 1/12/2014 11:39:45 AM     (No. 9689250)

Just what Texas needs are idiot rich libs infiltrating their state.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Butch, 1/12/2014 11:42:57 AM     (No. 9689251)

It looks like I moved out of California just in time. I can´t afford to pay for California´s lavish public employee pensions during my own retirement, sorry. So go ahead lefties, vilify me too for being able to count.

A beautiful state that is falling into disrepair as I write. Pathetic, and sad.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woodenleg, 1/12/2014 12:00:32 PM     (No. 9689269)

If state politicians are watching this, that means the high tax states are trying to figure a way to tax those that move AFTER they move......got a 401k/403b?.....they´re thinking about it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Megrits, 1/12/2014 12:10:28 PM     (No. 9689280)

Why´d he apologize? He told the truth, a no no in lib world. Instead of apologizing because of intimidation, he should have urged others to do likewise. And he should have followed up by telling those who DO move, NOT to move and then vote for the same kind of leftists who caused the mess from which they are fleeing. It makes me sick that people feel they have to apologize for wanting to keep what they RIGHTFULLY earned, just to have it wasted on thieves and illegals. God, how I despise the left.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 1/12/2014 12:53:48 PM     (No. 9689319)

Dan Walters, the only sane writer in the otherwise liberal Sacramento Bee, quoted a recent LA study that had a few amazing factoids . . . La has the highest poverty rate of any major US city, there are only four remaining Fortune 500 company headquarters left in LA, second worst school district in California (and that is saying a lot), huge unfunded pension liabilities . . the union/income redistribution politicians in the legislature (and the Gov.)and the lapdog press will yawn and continue their ways until LA becomes "Detroit south", actually the whole state could become get that title.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/12/2014 2:32:55 PM     (No. 9689429)

Suze Orman abandoned tax-heavy CA several years ago for low-tax Florida. But she still supports higher income taxes, although sheltering her own.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/12/2014 2:44:17 PM     (No. 9689438)

How dare people want to keep the money they earned !
It´s American. How evil.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Doctor P, 1/12/2014 3:29:40 PM     (No. 9689473)

This goes to show that

1. you might as well tell the truth
2. and should ACT on the truth

as you are going to be demonized anyhow

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hadjipoo, 1/12/2014 4:01:21 PM     (No. 9689489)

I left California in 1994 - every six years or so they still send me something saying I MAY have done business in California and perhaps I owe them a percentage.
I´m a self-employed carpenter, so it´s not like I make that much. But if half of the adults don´t pay taxes it´s my bet they are receiving some form of government payout. This is nuts!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mossley, 1/12/2014 4:35:06 PM     (No. 9689511)

The Dems´ outright denial that the higher taxes cause successful people to leave would be funny if it weren´t so dangerously misguided. When the revenues drop, and they will, they won´t have any plans to deal with it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: hotcorner, 1/12/2014 6:11:44 PM     (No. 9689569)

We left last year and wonder why we didn´t leave sooner. Everything is cheaper where we are and we now take a long weekend vacation each month on the savings. California is toast but the dems will keep their voters as long as they provide the welfare state and the money holds out.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dman, 1/12/2014 8:12:54 PM     (No. 9689660)

Interstate mobility is one of the feedback mechanisms that help correct cost of living and job opportunity disparities among the states. Migration of millionaires, businesses, unemployed, and retirees helps to even out the system and rein in excess. This is a good thing. The blue states need to deal with it in a positive rather than negative way.

(BTW: I have no regrets over my own migration from CA to TN.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: gruntled, 1/12/2014 10:22:37 PM     (No. 9689760)

If Mikelson apologized he is a fool. Pure and simple. By doing so he "concedes" that the parasite class has a RIGHT to the fruit of his hard work and skill.

He should pull up stakes and get out of Kalifornia as fast as his little golf cart will take him.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/13/2014 3:53:05 AM     (No. 9689900)

NY follows CA stupidity and the same thing is happening.

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