Skip to comments.Californians back raising taxes on state's wealthy
Posted on 04/01/2011 9:47:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
....Seventy-eight percent of likely California voters support a 1 percent increase in the income tax rate for Californians earning more than $500,000 a year, according to the poll, which was conducted by Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin and sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers.
.....The teachers union is looking to partner with other labor groups to put the tax before voters in November. Such a measure would need approval from two-thirds of voters.
The measure is seen as a "sweetener" to lure more voters to the polls should there be another measure on the ballot in the fall asking voters to support tax increases to balance the budget. Legislators and the governor have already agreed to $11.2 billion in spending cuts and funding shifts.
Lawmakers haven't seriously considered taxing the wealthiest Californians this year because it takes two-thirds of the Legislature to approve a tax increase. Republicans, who control slightly more than one-third of both chambers, oppose any taxes.
Reaction in Sacramento was guarded.
"Obviously, the people are getting frustrated with the minority party in the Legislature," said Gov. Jerry Brown's spokesman Gil Duran, who declined to take a position. "Eventually, their voices will be heard."
.....The poll didn't move the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association, a group that many conservative lawmakers look to for cues. A tax on the wealthiest Californians, said Jarvis Executive Director Kris Vosburgh, could drive them and their cash out of the state.
"There is nothing more mobile than rich people and their capital," Vosburgh said.....
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Note to all the dim bulbs polled who don't understand the difference: Folks, you're about to find out the hard way.
So, California will become like NYC, and have less revenue to show for it.
Figures. And yes, the voters here ARE that dumb.
I live in Upstate NY. We’re gonna lost two House seats. Sigh.
The “Y’all Are Welcome” sign is out in Texas. We don’t really need California in this republic. Redistributionist hell.
Poll paid for by Teachers Union.
There is a reason that the founder of E-bay moved to Nevada. These idiots are doing everything that they can to kill this state and this would be just another nail in it’s coffin. I will be LMAO when this whole stinking thing collapses around their ears.
“And yes, the voters here ARE that dumb.”
It’s even worse than being dumb. They are evil. Thou shall not covet thy neighbors’ goods(stuff, money). Worse that evil they parade their covetousness as thou it is the good and right thing to do.
We need to place checkpoints at the Texas border and check their voter registration cards to make sure they’re Republicans before letting them in.
Personally I have almost no hope that Republicans have any weapons to use against this. The majority of Americans, probably even majority of Republicans will never understand what the argument against it is. The Republicans will always be the “party of the rich”. I think they should be ready to compromise as best they can if they can get something in return. Call me a RINO but I prefer to call myself a pessimist.
Well, after all, it is the high-income Californians who are responsible for this whole budgetary mess, isn't it? Then it's only natural that they should called to account for it, right?
As if there weren’t already enough California refugees in Texas.
I never made $500K in one year in all my life, but I pulled up stakes in SoCal and got my hiney to Texas six years ago.
Looks like I wasn’t the first, nor will I be the last. The exodus continues.
SSssssshhhhh. Once they figure out the difference, they'll go for outright wealth confiscation. It's only fair.
Can I sneak in as a libertarian?
Seems to me, that in order to be fair, there should be a competing Ballot Measure to ABOLISH The Income Tax in California. Then listen to them crow.
As long as you're not for open borders.
I have thought that for a long time.
The Demonrats have elevated greed into entitlements, the greed of covetousness. And it is truly VERY evil and ugly.