California worried about losing more citizens thanks to tax hikes

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown successfully pushed the tax increase by suggesting that high-earners must shoulder the largest burden in bailing out the state, particularly its debt-ridden public school system.

However, high unemployment and government debt have already sent residents fleeing in large numbers – an estimated 225,000 annually for the past 10 years.

And the recently passed tax increase for families making more than $250,000 each year could further shrink the tax base for California, whose 2012 budget deficit is projected to hit $28 billion.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Neiman

    I live in Socialist California and last year 100,000 more left than came in, most fleeing to Texas. Of those, many were businesses and tens of thousands of jobs, but they do not care, they are going to have a green, socialist state if they have to empty the place.

  • kevindf

    What’s the matter with these people; don’t they realize they are supposed to sit still and accept the collectivist medicine?

  • RCND

    I am sure they are now trying to figure out how to charge those leaving an exit tax. If there is a way to do it they will find it and pursue it.

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