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(ABC 33/40 Birmingham)   Matthew McConaughey knows Texas doesn't have the funding to get back on track, but it'd be a lot cooler if they did   (abc3340.com) divider line
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6 days ago  
Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.
 
6 days ago  
"Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin
 
6 days ago  

baka-san: "Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin



Green Day has an amazing song about that place. Total earworm.
 
6 days ago  
Houston resident here, I think its a disgrace that after all the billions of tax dollars weve handed over to the government we now have to get this handsome motherfarker to pitch in as well.
 
6 days ago  
Start lobbying for taxing the wealthy.
 
6 days ago  
Guess he wants things alright, alright, alright.
 
6 days ago  
Texans aren't going to improve things unless they stop voting all right, all right, all right.
 
6 days ago  
The problem is, the politicians in TX are all-right, all-right, all-right.
 
6 days ago  

NikolaiFarkoff: Green Day has an amazing song


stoppedreadingthere.jpg
 
6 days ago  
L-I-V-I-N.
 
6 days ago  

baka-san: "Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin


In Texas, that's rigth next door.

/Kidding
//But he has lived in Austin for a decades now, so I think Austin can reasonably say "Austin's own"
 
6 days ago  
We get it, you're going to run for office in Texas.
 
6 days ago  
Wannabe Texas govnor says what?
 
6 days ago  

Nadie_AZ: Start lobbying for taxing the wealthy.


Texas is a net taker of Federal funds already taking more in federal spending than paying in Federal tax. It is already a freeloading state that just doesn't want to take responsibility for choices they have made. Time for Texas to pull up their bootstraps and act like a responsible adult and not just a group of criminal grifters running a state.
 
6 days ago  
$32M for just one high school football stadium. It's clear what many in Texas prioritize.
 
6 days ago  

baka-san: "Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin


He's spent ~20 of his 51 years in Austin, including most of his adult life. I think that qualifies him as an Austinite =)
 
6 days ago  
Something something alt-right, alt-right, alt-right.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: Nadie_AZ: Start lobbying for taxing the wealthy.

Texas is a net taker of Federal funds already taking more in federal spending than paying in Federal tax. It is already a freeloading state that just doesn't want to take responsibility for choices they have made. Time for Texas to pull up their bootstraps and act like a responsible adult and not just a group of criminal grifters running a state.


Barely, on a per-capita basis they've been 2nd to 4th lowest on the net takers list for the last 10 years and if you exclude the military bases it's pretty much a wash for them.
 
6 days ago  

robodog: baka-san: "Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin

He's spent ~20 of his 51 years in Austin, including most of his adult life. I think that qualifies him as an Austinite =)


We're I a resident I would insist on "Austinian"
 
6 days ago  
How about if Texans actually elect good and competent politicians instead of Republican nutjobs?
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.


State income tax doesn't usually pay for electrical services. Texas' problems go waaaaay deeper than that. They built a "just in time" power delivery system with absolutely no backup in case of failure. This was a regulation/government failure, but income taxes weren't part of it. Cheaping out on paying for power certainly was.

All those years Texans were paying the bare minimum market rate for power while blithely ignoring the fact that they had no backup is responsible for this mess. They got rid of the state-sponsored monopoly in 1999 and it's been a race downhill ever since.
 
6 days ago  

Lsherm: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.

State income tax doesn't usually pay for electrical services. Texas' problems go waaaaay deeper than that. They built a "just in time" power delivery system with absolutely no backup in case of failure. This was a regulation/government failure, but income taxes weren't part of it. Cheaping out on paying for power certainly was.

All those years Texans were paying the bare minimum market rate for power while blithely ignoring the fact that they had no backup is responsible for this mess. They got rid of the state-sponsored monopoly in 1999 and it's been a race downhill ever since.


It did not mean to imply state income tax had anything to do with the knowing and purposeful actions to cripple the Texas power grid by republicans. It is an illustration Texas does not want government to do anything positive for the residents if it requires paying anything or costing any profits to republicans and their sponsors. Sales taxes target the poor, a state income tax on any income above $400k a year wouldn't. If Texas wants to claim they are rugged individualists and does not  want to pay for any public services so be it.Personally I do not believe public utilities should be run by for profit companies; think the same about primary  schools and prisons as well. A0.25% state income tax could address several problems facing Texans including spending to purchase large public space land.Texas is almost completely private property.
 
6 days ago  

Call the Guy: robodog: baka-san: "Austin's Own"?

He grew up in Longview, about 7 hours away from Austin

He's spent ~20 of his 51 years in Austin, including most of his adult life. I think that qualifies him as an Austinite =)

We're I a resident I would insist on "Austinian"


Austinout gets my vote. He was in Interstellar after all.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.


The economy in Texas is booming thanks in large part to knowledge workers and companies leaving California in droves (where the Democrats have a super-majority in the state congress). Texas doesn't get shiat from the Feds, especially when the Democrats are in office. Doesn't really matter because it's not a state that really relies much on handouts (after all, it was its own country).
 
6 days ago  

iamskibibitz: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.

The economy in Texas is booming thanks in large part to knowledge workers and companies leaving California in droves (where the Democrats have a super-majority in the state congress). Texas doesn't get shiat from the Feds, especially when the Democrats are in office. Doesn't really matter because it's not a state that really relies much on handouts (after all, it was its own country).


The federal government recently gifted Texas $20 billion for Hurricane Harvey repairs even with Texas government being at fault for a large portion of the damage. This republican failure of keeping a public utility running is going to cost at least $20 billion and believe since it was 100% the fault of republican corruption and greed the state and power companies should have to pay that on their own. Ok with loaning TX Federal funds that come with oversight. Companies and people have to decide if they want to be located in a state with a functioning competent government or not.
 
6 days ago  
Guy is starting to look like the lady who was my first grade teacher yikes
 
6 days ago  
Too bad Jerry Lewis has passed on. Fire up the Go Fund Me page.
 
6 days ago  
He spent December playing the 'both sides are bad' card to sell his book.  Refused to absolutely say that Biden won, just kept saying things like, "apparently, Biden's our man now.".

Yeah, he's running for office in Texas.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.


As someone who doesn't make a lot of money and who struggles nevertheless with a high-30s combined income tax rate (federal, state, county, & local) even before he pays his per capita school tax and property taxes and city employment tax, I'd really like to not pay state income tax.  Or, at least, not nearly as much as I do.

On the other hand, I recognize that the smart thing to do would be to set reasonable, progressive brackets so that people in my lane pay relatively little, people below me pay nothing, and people above me pay more.  Which seems to be the most impossible thing under our current system, since it is impossible to weed out the pernicious influence of exactly those who should be paying the most of this burden, but make sure that they don't.

So I guess the bottom line is Chris Rock's.  I can't condone that kind of reckless legislation... but I understand it.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: iamskibibitz: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.

The economy in Texas is booming thanks in large part to knowledge workers and companies leaving California in droves (where the Democrats have a super-majority in the state congress). Texas doesn't get shiat from the Feds, especially when the Democrats are in office. Doesn't really matter because it's not a state that really relies much on handouts (after all, it was its own country).

The federal government recently gifted Texas $20 billion for Hurricane Harvey repairs even with Texas government being at fault for a large portion of the damage. This republican failure of keeping a public utility running is going to cost at least $20 billion and believe since it was 100% the fault of republican corruption and greed the state and power companies should have to pay that on their own. Ok with loaning TX Federal funds that come with oversight. Companies and people have to decide if they want to be located in a state with a functioning competent government or not.


Harvey fail was due to City of Houston.
Ice Storm was the State's failure largely.
 
6 days ago  

iamskibibitz: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.

The economy in Texas is booming thanks in large part to knowledge workers and companies leaving California in droves (where the Democrats have a super-majority in the state congress). Texas doesn't get shiat from the Feds, especially when the Democrats are in office. Doesn't really matter because it's not a state that really relies much on handouts (after all, it was its own country).


And why, exactly, do you think they're moving?  Because the Texas GOP is working overtime to make sure that the business regulation environment in their state amounts to "House your H1B workers in coffin hotels, feed them cat food, and when your executive cafeteria runs out of pate, you can chop them up and serve them on crackers".  Workers don't move unless business moves, and in this environment businesses only move if the market has been set up so they can cheat, lie, steal, and grind workers into dust.  Every state has issues, but the only perspective from which California is a hellhole is that of the GOP.
 
6 days ago  

TheOtherGuy: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.

As someone who doesn't make a lot of money and who struggles nevertheless with a high-30s combined income tax rate (federal, state, county, & local) even before he pays his per capita school tax and property taxes and city employment tax, I'd really like to not pay state income tax.  Or, at least, not nearly as much as I do.

On the other hand, I recognize that the smart thing to do would be to set reasonable, progressive brackets so that people in my lane pay relatively little, people below me pay nothing, and people above me pay more.  Which seems to be the most impossible thing under our current system, since it is impossible to weed out the pernicious influence of exactly those who should be paying the most of this burden, but make sure that they don't.

So I guess the bottom line is Chris Rock's.  I can't condone that kind of reckless legislation... but I understand it.


I lived in Texas  for a few years before moving to Colorado. My overall tax bill went way down in Colorado. Property taxes are only 40% of what I paid in TX for my CO house that is valued at twice as much as TX house Sales tax is lower.(6.25% vs 2.9%) I lived on the water in Texas  and just dropping my Home owners insurance by $12k a year still makes me smile and that is with having to buy insurance in a high wildfire  risk area in CO. Overall tax burden on people making under $75k a year can make an interesting way to compare states esp. if services provided are included.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: TheOtherGuy: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.

As someone who doesn't make a lot of money and who struggles nevertheless with a high-30s combined income tax rate (federal, state, county, & local) even before he pays his per capita school tax and property taxes and city employment tax, I'd really like to not pay state income tax.  Or, at least, not nearly as much as I do.

On the other hand, I recognize that the smart thing to do would be to set reasonable, progressive brackets so that people in my lane pay relatively little, people below me pay nothing, and people above me pay more.  Which seems to be the most impossible thing under our current system, since it is impossible to weed out the pernicious influence of exactly those who should be paying the most of this burden, but make sure that they don't.

So I guess the bottom line is Chris Rock's.  I can't condone that kind of reckless legislation... but I understand it.

I lived in Texas  for a few years before moving to Colorado. My overall tax bill went way down in Colorado. Property taxes are only 40% of what I paid in TX for my CO house that is valued at twice as much as TX house Sales tax is lower.(6.25% vs 2.9%) I lived on the water in Texas  and just dropping my Home owners insurance by $12k a year still makes me smile and that is with having to buy insurance in a high wildfire  risk area in CO. Overall tax burden on people making under $75k a year can make an interesting way to compare states esp. if services provided are included.


According ITEP Texas is the state with the 3rd most regressive tax policy after Washington and Florida link.
There are other ways to calculate it, but on almost every measure it sucks to be poor in Texas.
 
6 days ago  

eurotrader: TheOtherGuy: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.

As someone who doesn't make a lot of money and who struggles nevertheless with a high-30s combined income tax rate (federal, state, county, & local) even before he pays his per capita school tax and property taxes and city employment tax, I'd really like to not pay state income tax.  Or, at least, not nearly as much as I do.

On the other hand, I recognize that the smart thing to do would be to set reasonable, progressive brackets so that people in my lane pay relatively little, people below me pay nothing, and people above me pay more.  Which seems to be the most impossible thing under our current system, since it is impossible to weed out the pernicious influence of exactly those who should be paying the most of this burden, but make sure that they don't.

So I guess the bottom line is Chris Rock's.  I can't condone that kind of reckless legislation... but I understand it.

I lived in Texas  for a few years before moving to Colorado. My overall tax bill went way down in Colorado. Property taxes are only 40% of what I paid in TX for my CO house that is valued at twice as much as TX house Sales tax is lower.(6.25% vs 2.9%) I lived on the water in Texas  and just dropping my Home owners insurance by $12k a year still makes me smile and that is with having to buy insurance in a high wildfire  risk area in CO. Overall tax burden on people making under $75k a year can make an interesting way to compare states esp. if services provided are included.


State Sales Tax is 8.25% and yes, Property Tax is higher in Texas than many places because we do not have a State Income Tax. I pay just below $10,000 a year in Property Taxes on a home whose market value is $550,000. My take-home post taxes is more than it would be in most states, especially when you account for cost of living expenses.
 
6 days ago  

the money is in the banana stand: State Sales Tax is 8.25% and yes, Property Tax is higher in Texas than many places because we do not have a State Income Tax. I pay just below $10,000 a year in Property Taxes on a home whose market value is $550,000. My take-home post taxes is more than it would be in most states, especially when you account for cost of living expenses.


This is what I'm saying.  Our state sales tax isn't 8.25% but it's fairly high, above average.  Property taxes are ridiculous (city homes come close to paying what market rent is - or what it should be if market rent weren't so inflated these days), AND we have a high state income tax, AND our counties and municipalities pile on a percent or two between them on top of that, AND we pay two different forms of school taxes AND one for the privilege of having a job, AND the built-in taxes on things like gasoline are among the nation's highest...

Our state really piles it on, deep, and despite this our roads, bridges, schools, and bureaucracy all suck balls.  If things can't be decent, I can see why abolishing one or two of those layers of taxation should look attractive, even if it is another Republican "screw the poor" deal in the end.
 
6 days ago  
If I'm ever worth 9 farking figures and I ask you for money, kick me in the nuts.
 
6 days ago  

Smackledorfer: If I'm ever worth 9 farking figures and I ask you for money, kick me in the nuts.


Unless I'm asking people worth 8+ figures to match what I'm giving, I guess.
 
5 days ago  

robodog: eurotrader: TheOtherGuy: eurotrader: Texas did it to themselves and no federal funds should be spent to prop up a failing state created by failed republicans.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, was on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019. The measure was approved.

As someone who doesn't make a lot of money and who struggles nevertheless with a high-30s combined income tax rate (federal, state, county, & local) even before he pays his per capita school tax and property taxes and city employment tax, I'd really like to not pay state income tax.  Or, at least, not nearly as much as I do.

On the other hand, I recognize that the smart thing to do would be to set reasonable, progressive brackets so that people in my lane pay relatively little, people below me pay nothing, and people above me pay more.  Which seems to be the most impossible thing under our current system, since it is impossible to weed out the pernicious influence of exactly those who should be paying the most of this burden, but make sure that they don't.

So I guess the bottom line is Chris Rock's.  I can't condone that kind of reckless legislation... but I understand it.

I lived in Texas  for a few years before moving to Colorado. My overall tax bill went way down in Colorado. Property taxes are only 40% of what I paid in TX for my CO house that is valued at twice as much as TX house Sales tax is lower.(6.25% vs 2.9%) I lived on the water in Texas  and just dropping my Home owners insurance by $12k a year still makes me smile and that is with having to buy insurance in a high wildfire  risk area in CO. Overall tax burden on people making under $75k a year can make an interesting way to compare states esp. if services provided are included.

According ITEP Texas is the state with the 3rd most regressive tax policy after Washington and Florida link. There are other ways to calculate it, but on almost every ...


Directly correlates to the fact that Texas gathers a lot of it's tax revenues from sales taxes (inherently regressive) and real estate taxes (regressive because they are passed down).
 
5 days ago  

robodog: eurotrader: Nadie_AZ: Start lobbying for taxing the wealthy.

Texas is a net taker of Federal funds already taking more in federal spending than paying in Federal tax. It is already a freeloading state that just doesn't want to take responsibility for choices they have made. Time for Texas to pull up their bootstraps and act like a responsible adult and not just a group of criminal grifters running a state.

Barely, on a per-capita basis they've been 2nd to 4th lowest on the net takers list for the last 10 years and if you exclude the military bases it's pretty much a wash for them.


Why exclude the military? "If you ignore one the largest wealth transfer programs in America we don't look so bad!"
California is filled with military and still puts Texas's contribution to shame, with or without fudging the numbers so wealthy contractors don't look so greedy.
 
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