HMS_Blinkin: Yeah, there's such a strong disincentive for athletes in California that their professional teams can't hire anyone good. And frankly, these high state taxes has been a problem for sports teams for a LONG time now! Think about it, it's been almost 5 months since a baseball team from California won the World Series! And don't even get me started on the struggles the 49ers are having! And look at the poor Lakers and Clippers---neither of those teams can attract world-class basketball talent, because of the crushingly high taxes.
ginandbacon: Student athletes are fleeing California? The one who aren't allowed to earn money? Really?
Tyee: States that learn how to spend and collect responsibly will find it lucrative attracting the wealthy.
digistil: California != Mississippi or Florida. California will continue to be the driving economic force of the US.
dragonchild: Tyee: States that learn how to spend and collect responsibly will find it lucrative attracting the wealthy."Responsibility" has jack shiat to do with it, but if tax shell games and 3rd-world policies get states loaded up with plutocrats, I say let them. Places full of wealthy people become saturated with douchebags who think traffic laws don't apply to them, consume local resources like the Mayan calendar will reset tomorrow, impose their regressive agendas on everyone else, raise the cost of living on everyone and then have the gall to say the city's a wonderful place because of them. The places I've been that do much better attract talent, not wealth. That can run counterproductive to bending over backwards for rich stupid athletes, but then it's a sort of win-win in my book.
Trollin4Colon: As someone who is watching half the state of Titanic...er California jump ship to come to Austin, Im getting a kick.......
edmo: As a guy who gets less than half his check after taxes, retirement contributions, and health care, my sympathy for the poor rich people is zero.
FloydA: Highly paid athletes leaving California because of the high state income tax,It's sad that there are no talented athletes left in California, but I'm not sure if it's the taxes or the fact that they have to be in New Orleans by tomorrow.
Free Radical: and either the Clippers or Lakers win the NBA Championship
Trollin4Colon: As someone who is watching half the state of Titanic...er California jump ship to come to Austin
davidphogan: I've heard several people cite this as a reason why Oregon has so few professional sports teams. State laws require people working in Oregon even for just a few days to pay taxes on whatever they earn while in the state, so visiting teams basically get hit with a 9% income tax for each game they play here. Your residence doesn't matter if you're working in the state.
Droog8912: Every state does this. Oregon is a large state by area, but not by population. Baseball and football are located in all cities bigger than Portland on the west coast, I believe. More a case of being just outside the target area. And you need a populace willing to be bilked for a stadium./could probably add a pro team or two, though, if not for the stadium issue
dragonchild: Trollin4Colon: As someone who is watching half the state of Titanic...er California jump ship to come to AustinAustin has 19 million people now? That would make it more populous than Tokyo.I hear this a lot, but fact is, every state has people who leave that biatch about how much it sucks. I think I've heard complaints about all 50 states within my lifetime. Since California has more people than any other state, there will be more people who hate it than any other state even if the detractors were a statistical average. And since Californians tend to be pussies who avoid states with any sort of winter like they're going out of style, they'll wind up in places like Texas.
Trollin4Colon: Uh,no. Its not just my imagination.Google "Californians moving to Texas". So in short, You are wrong. Except for the weather comment.
skrame: edmo: As a guy who gets less than half his check after taxes, retirement contributions, and health care, my sympathy for the poor rich people is zero.You are not losing this money, so you shouldn't act like it's being taken away from you.
SeekingSanity: skrame: edmo: As a guy who gets less than half his check after taxes, retirement contributions, and health care, my sympathy for the poor rich people is zero.You are not losing this money, so you shouldn't act like it's being taken away from you.At the risk of leading this off-topic. I count the money yanked from my check for retirement as lost money too. I have my doubts that it will be still there when it comes time for me to retire.
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