Tax index: CA by far most taxed state

Tax index: CA by far most taxed state

Taxifornia1The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council just came out with its annual report, “Small Business Tax Index 2014.

California ranked 50th of the states — dead last, worst, highest taxed, most overtaxed, extremest preposterously taxed.

Here are the six states with the lowest tax gougings:

1) Nevada,
2) South Dakota,
3) Texas,
4) Wyoming,
5) 
Washington,
6) Florida.

Note that Washington state is run by liberal Democrats, just like California — but their liberal Democrats know how to coddle business so it stays there, creates jobs, reduces welfare and ends up in the end producing more revenue for government.

Here are the six states with the highest tax ripoffs:

45) New York,
46) Iowa,
47) Hawaii,
48) New Jersey,
49) Minnesota,
50) California.

This time the anomalies are Iowa and Minnesota, which have low unemployment and strong businesses despite the high taxes. And they even have crummy weather. Might be something about wheat farming. Put your reasons below.

In any case, California has the highest taxes and close to the worst unemployment in the country. Perhaps those who love high taxes should move to Minnesota or Iowa, thus allowing those of us who remain here to frolic in sunshine and low taxes. No that’s a California dream.

 

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 27 April, 2014, 08:19

    Having returned from a driving vacation today I found that gas in Texas @ $3.32 per gallon, Colorado @ $3.59 per gallon, New Mexico @ $3.39 per gallon, Arizona @ $3.39 per gallon but also watered down with alcohol which reduces driving radius, Utah @ $3.34 per gallon, and then the beacon of liberals, California @ as high as $4.69 in Barstow to $4.29 in HB.

    This state is in big trouble, and the RAGWUS feeding trolls will not understand the cost of their stupidity until the reckoning. 🙂

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  2. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 27 April, 2014, 11:00

    CA now has by far the nation’s highest state income tax rate. We are 21% higher than 2nd place Hawaii, 34% higher than Oregon, 48% higher than the next 2 states, and a heck of a lot higher than all the rest – including 7 states with zero state income tax.

    CA is so bad, we also have the SECOND highest state income tax bracket. AND the 3rd. Plus the 5th and 7th.
    http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfoundation.org/files/docs/ff2013.pdf Table #12
    and
    http://www.twitpic.com/9g2pka/full
    and
    http://tinyurl.com/CA-2nd-CG

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 27 April, 2014, 11:01

    Little noticed is that California has the second highest total capital gains tax in the WORLD. Only cozy socialist Denmark is worse.

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:54

    Well, we must compensate out hero’s for their life endangering work, after all, they are hero’s and deserve;

    MCBRIDE, KENT LANDRY
    INVESTIGATOR
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER
    Base salary= $95,700.81
    Overtime= $33,196.19
    Other pay= $50,290.48
    Total cash salary= $179,187.48
    Employer pension contribution= $64,336.91
    Employee pension PICK UP = $19,859.75
    Healthcare= $20,806.06
    Total compensation= $284,190.20
    Another rank and file, front line, non-management employee

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 27 April, 2014, 15:15

      So overpaid and benefitted, it is amazing. The highest paid worker in HB is a fire captain at over $300,000. What a joke. 🙂

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      • Richard Rider
        Richard Rider 27 April, 2014, 15:41

        Fire “Captain.” Sounds impressive, until one realizes that in urban firefighting units, “captain” is the guy in charge of a 3-4 man fire truck. Contrast that position with a POLICE captain who has scores of subordinates he supervises — a position very few cops achieve. A captain in the Army or Marines likely commands over a hundred personnel. A NAVY Captain often commands hundreds and even THOUSANDS of sailors and civilians.

        While that overpaid “fire captain” commands 2-3 people on a fire truck. Big Whoop.

        Here’s a figure I’d like to see researched — how many firefighters retire as fire captains? It would seem that as each firefighter hits his forties or fifties, in most cases they will be put in charge of ye old fire truck.

        We all know what a year in an elevated position means for retirement purposes. Actually I’d expect that each captain would try to serve for THREE years, as most CA public employees get as many as FIVE pay increases in that short three year time frame.

        Yes, it IS a racket. A labor union racket. But score it also as a labor union coup. The taxpayers have been snookered big-time.

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 23:18

      Donk, that rank and file, GED job Orange County “investigator” gets over $100K in pension and healthcare alone!!!!!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:55

    MCCLINTOCK, JOSEPH STEPHEN
    SERGEANT
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER
    Base salary= $108,763.20
    Overtime $86,291.65
    Other pay= $14,287.22
    Total cash salary=209,342.07
    Employer pension contribution= $52,467.19
    Employee pension PICK UP= $15,482.36 –
    Healthcare= $21,498.59
    Total compensation= $298,790.21

    Low level supervisor/manager, in the private sector they would be an “exempt” employee as a supervisor and not eligible for overtime.

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:55

    JASPER, BRENT WAYNE
    INVESTIGATOR
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER
    Base salary=$95,700.80
    Overtime= $18,714.63
    Other pay=$68,328.15
    Total cash salary= $182,743.58
    Employer pension contribution= $52,619.81
    Employee pension PICK UP= $15,527.27
    Healthcare=$20,321.45
    Total compensation= $271,212.11

    This is a rank and file front line, non-management position

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:55

    DAWSON, CURTIS RONALD
    DEPUTY SHERIFF II
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER

    Base salary= 87,692.80
    Overtime= 59,024.00
    Other cash salary =21,746.22
    Total cash salary=168,463.02
    County pension contribution= 46,746.55
    County pension PICK UP= 14,995.07
    Healthcare= 19,485.60

    Total Compensation for one (1) year of work= 249,690.24

    Benefits are equal to $82K, or 92% of base salary, using the inflated discount rate of 7.5%. Using a 6% discount rate and I bet benefits are 130%-150% of base salary.

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:56

    HUNT, WILLIAM JOSEPH
    LIEUTENANT
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER
    Base salary= 0
    Other pay= $742,153.48
    Total salary= $742,153.48
    Employer pension contribution= $358,799.34
    Employee pension PICK UP= $113,332.58 –
    Healthcare/Insurance= $38,256.31
    Total compensation= $1,252,541.71

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 14:56

    HUTCHENS, SANDRA S
    SHERIFF-CORONER
    060 SHERIFF-CORONER
    Base salary= $207,979.20 –
    Other pay= $4,500.00
    Total cash salary= $212,479.20
    Employer pension contribution= $101,959.36
    Employee pension PICK UP= $33,532.62
    Deferred compensation (401/403)= $16,638.44
    (Total pension contributions by County= $152K+)
    Healthcare= $21,470.27
    Total compensation= $386,079.89

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    • Richard Rider
      Richard Rider 27 April, 2014, 15:07

      One thing to check out in such figures is whether the county counts the “employee pension pickup” as a salary increase. Different jurisdictions do it differently, usually without a clue that they are giving loot away to no purpose.

      The difference, of course, is that — if it’s counted as SALARY — that boosts the base off which the pension is calculated. It can turn a “90% pension at 30 years” into a 98+% pension — without the employee paying a dime towards the higher pension payout.

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 April, 2014, 23:21

        One thing to check out in such figures is whether the county counts the “employee pension pickup” as a salary increase

        The pension “pick-up” counts as pensionable salary. I don’t know any pension system that does NOT count it towards pensionable salary.

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        • Richard Rider
          Richard Rider 27 April, 2014, 23:46

          A couple cities in San Diego County do not count it as salary. Most do. Can’t off the top of my head remember which cities wisely opted out of making it salary.

          OF course, a WISE city would not be paying the employees’ pension contribution in the FIRST place!

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  10. Donkey
    Donkey 27 April, 2014, 21:38

    The RAGWUS scheme is clear from what Rex has posted! Only a fool or a crook would believe that a feeder, with a fancy title, should be receiving five to six times what the average household gets in the private sector.

    Reminds me of a phrase I heard years ago: “Dad, does a life of crime pay better than a factory job?” “Only in government Son.” Or should I say, the RAGWUS. 🙂

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  11. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 28 April, 2014, 07:59

    We are all feeders on some level.

    Remember “it takes a village” to make it……..or to clarify…doomers survive by all playing in the sandbox together!

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    • Richard Rider
      Richard Rider 28 April, 2014, 08:10

      Speaking of “doomers . . . .” I’ve just updated my online “California Is Doomed” fact sheet. In addition to updated stats, it also is somewhat reorganized to put similar issues together — taxes, for instance.

      Plus I added a new stat on how CA ranks in the new Small Business Tax Index for 2014. I won’t tell you where the Golden State ranks — suffice it to say that if it were the 2nd worst state, that would be an improvement.
      http://www.TinyURL.com/CA-vs-other-states

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