Other States REPEALING Income Tax

February 9, 2012 - By admin

John Seiler:

California used to be a trendsetter, from boogie boards to surf music. Now it’s a retrograde state. It’s going in the wrong direction.

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a massive income-tax hike. Others, such as leftist lawyer Molly Munger, are proposing even bigger income-tax hikes. Great way to kill jobs.

Other states are leading the way by moving to abolish their income taxes. Some already have: Texas, New Hampshire, Alaska, Washington, Nevada, South Dakota, Florida and Tennessee.

Now, under Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma is working to be better than OK by phasing out out its income tax over the next decade.

Why can’t California get a governor like Mary Fallin? Why do we get a 1970s retread trying to bring back the Disco Decade?

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey and Ohio are debating income-tax cuts this year….

“The experience of states like Florida, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Texas also refutes the dire forecasts that eliminating income taxes will cause savage cuts in schools, public safety and programs for the poor. These states still fund more than adequate public services and their schools are generally no worse than in high-income tax states like California, New Jersey and New York.They have also recorded faster revenue growth to pay for government services over the past two decades than states with income taxes. That’s because growth in the economy from attracting jobs and capital has meant greater tax collections.”

Get that, tax increasers? When you cut taxes, you attract businesses. Businesses create jobs. The new businesses and jobs then generate more economic activity. The additional economic activity then generates more tax revenues, even at lower tax rates.

It’s true that some of the states — Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas — enjoy large revenues from oil and natural gas production. But as we reported here on CalWatchDog.com yesterday — here and here – California continues to repress energy development.

Our enviro-crazies, beginning with Brown, would rather kill off all energy-related jobs and drive the state into bankruptcy than scar Gaia, their earth goddess.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is working on phasing out his state’s 6.45 percent state income tax. A sensible fellow, he said: “Our goal is for our economy to look more like Texas, and a lot less like California.”

Tax-increase Gov. Brown vs. tax-cut Gov. Brownbeck. That’s what it comes down to.

Feb. 9, 2012

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments(10)
  1. SkippingDog says:

    If you were here in California when Union Oil decimated a hundred miles of our coastline and killed millions of coastal animals when one of their Santa Barbara Channel rigs blew out in 1969, you’d understand why we have strict environmental protection laws and how they came to pass. Until the Exxon Valdez and the recent BP spill in the Gulf, the Santa Barbara spill was the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The clean up took years and was never complete. Moreover, Unocal never paid for the full costs involved but shifted them to the taxpayers of our state.

    When the oil companies whine about California environmental regulations, they have only themselves to blame for their enactment.

  2. Bob says:

    Hey John, you complaining about Brownie’s tax grab?

    Well, no matter what happens with all these tax initiatives trying to make it on the ballot it makes no never mind.

    You just wait until next year when the DemoNcrats get their two-thirds majority. You think Cawleefornia (as Ahnode sez) income taxes are high now?

    You ain’t seen nothin’, pardner.

    We are all going to get Mungered good and hard.

  3. Bob says:

    Well, so much for pension reform:

    Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort
    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/09/4250305/group-suspends-california-public.html

    The initiative to repeal the Nightmare Act couldn’t even get on the ballot and now this.

    This state is indeed doomed.

  4. CECIL SHARP says:

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD LHAVE EFT THE UNION YEARS AGO. THE CHARGES FOR US MILITARY BASES WOULD HAVE PAID FOR FREE MEDICAL AND AT LEAST LOWER INCOME TAX.
    DO YOU STILL HAVR PROP 13 TAX BREAK WELL IT SHOULDBE AT LEAST CUT IN HALF,
    CALIFORNIA WILL ALWAYS BE MY HOME NO MATTER WHERE i LIVE.
    LOVE LIVE THE REPUBLIC THAT HAD AS A FREE COUNTRY AND EVEN AS A STATE HAD A BILINGIAL CONSTITUTION.

  5. SkippingDog says:

    John – Would you please share with your loyal readers the name of one state – even ONE STATE – that has repealed its own income tax during the last 25 years? Any state?

  6. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    Certain states have no income tax, like NV, but that in the case of NV it was b/c the casinos brought in so much cash they didn’t need the state income tax-now things have changed and the casinos are not the only place where gambling is going on, Indian casinos are in every state today-CA has 55 Indian casinos and in 20 short years they are almost bringing in as much revenue as the NV casinos do.

  7. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Wow! All the commentors seem to love taxes. What do you want to bet they don’t pay those taxes they want to increase. I hate to burst your bubble but you cannot tax yourself out of an economic problem and eventually you will run out of other people’s money to spend.

  8. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    Wow! All the commentors seem to love taxes. What do you want to bet they don’t pay those taxes they want to increase.

    Skippy is a public employee, a GED cop, so yes he is one whop directly benefits from increasing taxes.

    I hate to burst your bubble but you cannot tax yourself out of an economic problem and eventually you will run out of other people’s money to spend.

    Public employees don’t care about the good of the country as a whole, only themselves.

  9. SkippingDog says:

    I certainly care about the good of the country as a whole, Rex, but all of you Rand disciples keep telling me I should only be concerned about my own self interest.

    Which one is it?

  10. Bob says:

    If you care about the good of the country why don’t you and your unions agree to salary and pension cuts instead of always forcing the poor to take cuts and the taxpsyers to pay more?

Know Your Bloggers

Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for CalWatchdog.com, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
Brian Calle
Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
John Seiler
John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

Blog Archive

Archive By Categories
  • California economy
  • Corruption
  • Demographics
  • Education
  • Fracking
  • Health Care
  • Income inequality
  • Infrastructure
  • Inside Government
  • Law enforcement
  • Media
  • Obamacare
  • Obamacare implementation
  • Pension Reform
  • Politics and Elections
  • Regulations
  • Rights and Liberties
  • Seen at the Capitol
  • Taxes
  • Technology
  • Thought police
  • Waste, Fraud and Abuse