Other states getting rid of state income taxes

Bobby Jindal - official pictureJan. 16, 2013

By John Seiler

California is going backward again. Our state income tax rate just jumped to 13.3 percent, by far the highest in the nation.

By contrast, Nebraska is the latest state to consider getting rid of its state income tax entirely:

“Gov. Dave Heineman proposed an ambitious plan Tuesday to scrap Nebraska’s income and corporate taxes while eliminating as much as $2.4 billion in sales-tax breaks for businesses, with all industries except for food on the bargaining table….

“‘Are we going to be satisfied with a mediocre tax system that won’t create the jobs of the future for our sons and daughters?’ Heineman asked. ‘Or, are we willing to consider reforming the tax code so that we have a modern, simpler and fairer tax code? Are we willing to consider a bold, innovative and strategic tax reform plan that would create a top ten business climate in Nebraska?'”

It’s too bad the plan would increase sales taxes. They should just end the income tax and replace it with nothing, making up the difference by cutting waste and bloat in government.

Earlier, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (pictured nearby) called for abolishing his state’s income and corporate taxes.

And Oklahoma at least tried to get rid of its income tax under Gov. Mary Fallin, although it failed.

The trend is that some states realize they can best create businesses and jobs by imitating Texas, which already has no state income tax and whose economy is booming.

It’s also worth noting that all these tax-cut governors are Republicans. In California, our Republicans have been the clownish Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who increased taxes a record $13 billion; and Meg Whitman, who had no credible tax-cut plan, just vague pro-business meanderings.

As to California overall, we used to lead America on pro-business, pro-jobs policies, such as Proposition 13; now we’re going in reverse.

 

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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 January, 2013, 08:58

    The sales tax is regressive and should e the one eliminated. Not the income tax.

    The sales tax is always the one politicians want to raise because it is the easiest to raise and produces the most money, off the backs of the poor and middle class.

    Has ANYONE ever bought a multi million dollar yacht in CA??? Nope, never, because the sales taxes would total hundreds of thousands of $$$$. They title their new yacht in a foreign country for the 9 months it needs to stay out of the country before the sales tax disappears.

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 16 January, 2013, 09:53

    Oh, I know, Rex. My Sunday papers at the 7-11 last week cost me $3.24 instead of the usual $3.23. Really hard to take. The state got a whopping $1850 from my spouse and me last year, for state income tax. It takes a lot of money, to run this household–the state of CA.

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 January, 2013, 12:32

    seesaw with yet another one of her ignoramus comments.

    Hey Baby Einstein, times that $3.24 paper by a few MILLION and see if you can pay the tax.

    You are still dumber than a bag of rocks. Always wanting to tax OTHERS to fund your Cadillac lifestyle. Sorry, Homie don’t play that game.

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 16 January, 2013, 13:03

    Hell would have to freeze over before CA would do anything near that.

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 17 January, 2013, 06:09

    Maybe seesaw knows how to unfreeze hell 😉

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