State, local taxes at record highs

State, local taxes at record highs

IRS dance, McCoy, Sept. 24, 2013Governments everywhere, especially in California, say they need more money. Budgets have been cut. But here’s the truth:

Revenues from state and local individual income taxes, general sales and gross receipt taxes, motor fuel taxes, motor vehicle taxes and taxes on alcoholic beverages each hit all-time highs in the second quarter of this year, according to data released today by the Census Bureau.

That means that in no quarter of any year since the Census Bureau first started tracking state and local tax revenues in 1962 have Americans paid more in each of these categories of state and local taxes then they did in the quarter that ran from April through June of 2013.

Americans paid a record of $114.032 billion in state and local individual income taxes in the second quarter of this year, according to the Census Bureau. That was up $7.787 billion—or 7.3 percent—from the previous all-time record of $106.245 billion in state and local individual income taxes that Americans paid in the second quarter of 2008.

And that’s in addition to the massive federal taxes.

So governments have recovered from the Great Recession. But their subjects — excuse me, “citizens”?

As I’ve reported before, median income is down 7.2 percent since the Great Recession struck.

The government is thriving. The people are writhing.

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  1. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 24 September, 2013, 15:50

    We have not seen anything yet. This isn t doomer talk. The President wants to expand gov t control(requires more revenues): Governor Brown is a shrewd politican, but is a statist, and believes in gov t expansion. We may be nickled and dimed, but the demand for taxes, fees is currently unstoppable.
    Cut your expenses, stay away from debt. Live like the Governor does on his own dollar. Be cheap. THERE IS NOTHING ON THE HORIZON IN CALIFORNIA TO INDICATE TAXES AND FEES ARE NOT GOING TO KEEP INCREASING.

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    • Dyspeptic
      Dyspeptic 24 September, 2013, 20:42

      Agree with everything you posted except this statement “Live like the Governor does on his own dollar”. Governor Clown has never lived a moment of his life on his own dollar. He has sponged off the taxpayers for as long as anyone can remember. He comes from a political dynasty and is nothing but an oligarch and parasite. The fact that he seems relatively sane for a Libtard doesn’t change that.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 September, 2013, 17:29

    Sean……ck your meds buddy!

    The sky is not falling……

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  3. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 24 September, 2013, 18:12

    Someome has to pay for those $5 million retire at age 50 GED firewhiner pensions….

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 25 September, 2013, 11:02

    Send the illegals home. They sponge off of the state and are costing us big time. They have broken the law. They… are… criminals. Get rid of them and their anchor babies.

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  5. oldRN
    oldRN 25 September, 2013, 15:47

    Good Dog, Rex. While your at it, include the teachers. They only work part time and should be getting a part time pension to reflect that.

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  6. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 25 September, 2013, 20:18

    Good Dog, Rex. While your at it, include the teachers. They only work part time and should be getting a part time pension to reflect that.
    ==
    Part time job, full time pay and benefits.

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