Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Voting With Their Feet

See: Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them

The state and local tax burden is nearly a third lower in states with growing populations, ATR found. As a result, per capita government spending is also lower: $4,008 for states gaining congressional seats, $5,117 for states losing them.

And, as ATR notes, “in eight of ten losers, workers can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. In 7 of the 8 gainers, workers are given a choice whether to join or contribute financially to a union.”

Imagine that.

Here in Washington State, William Gates Senior was one of the principle backers of an attempt to introduce an State Income Tax for Washingtonions. The measure was trounced. The Democrats lost on that one big-time.

See: Why Washington’s Tax on the Rich Failed

Passing I-1098 would have created the state’s first income tax. Polls and pundits said the main opposition to the tax was that voters feared the tax would start with the rich, and then quickly work its way down the income ladder.

“Citizens determined I-1098 was simply the first step toward establishing an income tax on all Washingtonians,” said Scott Stanzel, Defeat 1098 campaign manager, in a statement.

When I was asked about this by people that I know, I would in turn ask them if they really believed that the politicians would not extend the income tax to them. I told them that if they were in-favor of "taxing the rich", they also had to decide how much the trusted the politicians that they would be putting in charge of who was going to be taxed.

1 comment:

  1. In this economy, I also noticed that alot of businesses were also 'voting with their feet' and moving to right-to-work states.

    The UAW was bitching and moaning about how Toyota pulled out of some joint venture with GM in California (there's two different strata of dysfunction right there) to complete a facility in Mississippi. Toyota has a high profile presence in the San Antonio are, BMW is in South Carolina and Nissan set up shop in Tennessee....

    Hell, I don't think Ohio's taxes are particularly punitive compared to many blue state, but you gotta figure no income tax in Florida weighed into LeBron James' decision to go to Miami


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