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(FastCo Labs)   Massachusetts Democrats: We have this golden goose in the IT industry. Let's chase that goose around the Route 128 corridor with an idiotic new tax law until it remembers it has wings and flies to Texas   (fastcolabs.com) divider line 22
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2977 clicks; posted to Politics » on 13 Aug 2013 at 1:45 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-08-13 12:52:01 PM  
5 votes:
Yes, that's our strategy for turning Texas into a blue state.

How else are you going to get someone educated to move to Texas?  No one with any sort of talent or skill is going to move there by choice.
2013-08-13 02:18:09 PM  
2 votes:
As a former resident of Texas (thank god it was only for six months) and a current resident of Massachusetts- TAKE MY MONEY. TAKE MY MONEY IF IT MEANS I DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK.
2013-08-13 02:14:26 PM  
2 votes:

Tricky Chicken: I can't get (or git for Texans) the article to open.  Could someone post a synopsis (unknown word for Texans) so I can determine my level of outrage and/or amusement?


It's not even an article, it's more like a blog post urging people to sign a petition.  And the post mentions nothing about Texas, which was subby's interjection and I'm beginning to suspect subby is Rick Perry
2013-08-13 02:01:03 PM  
2 votes:
What kind of farking idiot moves from New England to Texas?

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
2013-08-13 05:02:05 PM  
1 votes:

what_now: Except for the part where they cannot legally be married, can get fired for being gay and have to listen to their elected representatives compare them to pedophiles. That's probably a big deal.


I can't remember the last time I even heard of someone being fired from a company in Houston JUST for being gay, and lord knows it's easy to find a ton of openly gay people working. But again...

People are moving to Texas more than any other state in the nation. Including GAY people, who I trust are perfectly capable of making their own decisions about what works best for them. And Houston and Austin and Dallas all have big, solid, established, active and very, very, open gay communities who have been out and proud for decades.

Here's a hint by the way. In my experience, gay people are not ONLY gay. They are business owners who happen to be gay. They are engineers who happen to be gay, they are teachers, and HR reps, and programmers, and geologists and doctors and lawyers and any number of professional and non-professional people who happen to be gay.

So when they are looking for a better standard of living, and a lower cost of living, and a stable economy in a booming environment, Texas makes every bit as much sense to them as it does to any other straight person.

I am happy to trust the judgment of my gay friends who have decided to live here. Your mileage may vary, but unless you are gay, I'd say we let them decide.
2013-08-13 04:18:47 PM  
1 votes:

Cubicle Jockey: People of color.


Wow, I thought it might be that, but I thought "nobody who has a diverse friend group would actually say 'People of Color.' Guess I was wrong.
2013-08-13 04:13:22 PM  
1 votes:

Dancin_In_Anson: vpb: How else are you going to get someone educated to move to Texas? No one with any sort of talent or skill is going to move there by choice.

The folks at Rice University might disagree with you.

Or NASA.

Or MD Anderson (and any other number of cutting edge medical facilities in the state)

Shall I go on?

fsud: Wake me up when Texas opens up an equivalent to M.I.T.

See above.

Look man, why get all pissy about a company moving for economic reasons? Would you rather they go overseas or worse just close up shop?


No one is getting "pissy," because no one in Massachusetts is moving to Texas. Because Texas sucks, and a negligible increase in costs is jut not worth it to move to Texas. Place sucks. Full of Texans.
2013-08-13 04:09:24 PM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: No one is dissing your super awesome parades, man. I'm just saying that you are mistaken if you think that Houston doesn't have a large and vibrant gay population.

I'm sure Boston's gay parade is fabulous and had 100,000 attendees this year, but I'll assume you are unaware that the Houston Pride Parade regularly brings in 200,000 or more. Or that while Austin is ranked as one of the top 15 "Gayest" cities in America by the Advocate, Boston didn't rank.


Great! Can they get married or have legal protection from being fired for their orientation? Because if someone's thinking of where to move, I bet that ranks right up there with "fun parades"
2013-08-13 04:07:05 PM  
1 votes:

Dancin_In_Anson: Just stay away and we won't bother you.


Stop sending us national candidates and committee members and you get a deal.
2013-08-13 04:06:08 PM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: I don't like Midland/Odessa. Without the oil it would be a barren, empty stretch of nothing. With the oil, it's a barren, empty stretch of nothing full of tract housing, McMansions, and golf courses waiting to die the moment the sprinklers stop.


The ugly starts at about Colorado City and doesn't end until you get to Van Horn.

And for all of you guys who hate Texas I'm cool with that. Just stay away and we won't bother you.
2013-08-13 03:46:18 PM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: Lotta Farkers here don't understand why stupid shiat like this is EXACTLY why Texas is continuing to grow year after year even during economic downturns and why Texas is the second largest economy in the country and the nations' leader in interstate migration. No income tax, lower cost of living, beautiful scenery, plenty of room, etc.

So by all means, lob your cute little insults at Texas. Keeping taxing your state's businesses a little more. Don't come here. You'll be just fine.


State Median Income: 2011

Massachusetts $62,809
Texas $49,195


Budget deficit 2012:

Massachusetts $2,000,000
Texas $13,500,000
2013-08-13 03:36:28 PM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: Obama's Reptiloid Master: We also have fairly poor public schools, abysmal public health, severe drought, and high local sales taxes to make up for what we lose by not having a state income tax. Places like Austin seem vibrant and prone to draw in outsiders, but unless you're a trustafarian Californian or New Yorker, good luck finding a job and a reasonable place to live in most of Travis County that isn't college-y.

Austin and Midland? Dude you are doing it wrong. Especially Midland. No one lives there that has a choice. And that's not where people are migrating to.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the country with energy, tech, shipping, medical, and finance all booming. And if you can stomach the arrogance, Dallas isn't that bad, and Fort Worth is OK.


Midland and Odessa can't build houses fast enough. Oil companies are renting out whole hotels for workers.

It sounds kinda like you don't know much about Texas, because you've lived your whole life in one of the major cities. Come outside your concrete jungle, stranger, and see how most of us in this great state live.
2013-08-13 03:22:11 PM  
1 votes:

Infernalist: In all seriousness, the IT industry isn't overflowing with qualified personnel.  Sure, some of the heads of those companies might be tempted by simple stupid greed to move to a state like Texas because of its lower taxes, but most of their employees would not follow them.

And Texas itself is not exactly the Land of Milk and Honey when it comes to educated folk.  Let's face it, most of them are just a few steps above being functionally retarded.  And they're 'proud' of it.

There's a reason that the only place in Texas where IT flourishes is Austin, the most liberal city in the state...


Meanwhile Bioscience and health care flourishes with the uneducated in San Antonio.

Biomedical science, renewable energy, aeronautical science along with petroleum engineering is handled by the uneducated in Houston

The uneducated Dallas/Ft Worth are left dealing with the left with being known as the "silicon prairie " along with aircraft engineering, and a financial center.

But for some reason, despite not  being  as well educated as the  people of Massachusetts, they managed not to pass a similar software tax.  But then there are still some who confuse going to college with being smart.
2013-08-13 03:20:47 PM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: I think you'd be surprised in Houston (and Austin and Dallas). Especially if you've never seen 34 years of Gay Pride Parades.


Yeah, our Pride Parade in Boston HAS gotten a little boring. Lots of school groups and church groups and fire trucks, kind of like every other parade. I guess that happens when gay people are actually accepted and treated like everyone else....and can get married and have stable families recognized by the state.
2013-08-13 02:41:47 PM  
1 votes:
As a lawyer with a tech background living and working in MA, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how a bill like this was ever written, let alone signed into law.  I thought people here were supposed to be smart.

I'm glad I don't practice this kind of law, because charging clients thousands of dollars to figure out how to comply with this abomination is now how I want to make my living.
2013-08-13 02:39:40 PM  
1 votes:

Nemo's Brother: vpb: Yes, that's our strategy for turning Texas into a blue state.

How else are you going to get someone educated to move to Texas?  No one with any sort of talent or skill is going to move there by choice.

Liberals are truly a cancer.  They fark up their states (think California, Illinois) beyond repair and flee. They then try to turn their refuge into the same shiat hole they abandoned.


Is this where I point out which states tend to be net drains on the federal budget and which pay more than they get back in services?
2013-08-13 02:09:52 PM  
1 votes:

Nemo's Brother: vpb: Yes, that's our strategy for turning Texas into a blue state.

How else are you going to get someone educated to move to Texas?  No one with any sort of talent or skill is going to move there by choice.

Liberals are truly a cancer.  They fark up their states (think California, Illinois) beyond repair and flee. They then try to turn their refuge into the same shiat hole they abandoned.


I'm curious, what do you mean by 'fark up beyond repair'?  Be specific, please, so I'll have an easier time tearing apart your definitions.
2013-08-13 02:08:07 PM  
1 votes:

vpb: Yes, that's our strategy for turning Texas into a blue state.

How else are you going to get someone educated to move to Texas?  No one with any sort of talent or skill is going to move there by choice.


Liberals are truly a cancer.  They fark up their states (think California, Illinois) beyond repair and flee. They then try to turn their refuge into the same shiat hole they abandoned.
2013-08-13 01:54:30 PM  
1 votes:
Texas wants your business!*


*unless you're hispanic, black, female, gay, atheistic, a democrat, educated and/or liberal in your thinking.
2013-08-13 01:52:56 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, really, no one from Massachusetts is moving to Texas because of this.
2013-08-13 01:07:47 PM  
1 votes:
Umm, subby, I don't want to rain on your outrage, but this appears to be a tax on professional computer services consumed by end users within the state.  They already tax software sales.
2013-08-13 01:03:10 PM  
1 votes:
Why is there a special tax on computer programming? I don't see the reasoning beyond "Fark you, pay me!"
 
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