Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

42 years later, California’s Proposition 13 continues to inspire attempt after attempt to kill it. This Election Day – er, Election Season – is no different. Passed in 1978 – back when the aerospace and oil industries were still vibrant enough to pepper the state with conservatives – the law allows property tax rates to be increased only upon a sale of the property and limits any increase to a 2% rate of inflation. Nothing a politician hates more than limits on taxation. Since ’78, progressives have thrown more propositions, lawsuits, and legislation at the hated law, and despite California’s voters electing bluer and bluer representatives, they still somehow continue to protect lower property taxes. There’s something about voting on actual legislation, with its provisions in black-and-white, rather than voting for personalities, that sobers the voters’ minds. Propositions cannot hide so easily behind a flashy smile or perfectly-creased pants.

It’s easy to imagine these tax-loving cretins in their Sacramento offices, watching with envy as property values throughout the state sprout ever higher. The Federal Housing Price Index shows that the House Price Index for California has risen almost 700% since 1979. This drives the politicians crazy, that in the wake of these gains, their hands remain cuffed, unable to pick the pockets of its citizens. Progressive dreams of income redistribution, even in the navy-blue Golden State, remain at least somewhat limited.

The latest attempt to undo Prop 13 is Prop 15. Prop 15 promises to raise property taxes by setting the tax rate at the market rate. But, knowing California voters’ reluctance to mess with Prop 13, the authors of 15 have limited its effects to only commercial properties. They presumably suspect the progressive voters here may not mind raising taxes on capitalist endeavors, so long as their own homes are left out of it. One can only marvel that California may pass yet another anti-business law, even as business flee the already-stratospheric taxes and cost-of-living.

A survey of California likely voters released ten days ago reveals 49% favor Prop 15, while 45% oppose it.

Don’t be surprised to see more moving trucks headed for parts east come 2021. And as the businesses flee, the Sacramento tax coffers will fall, and the politicians will look for where else they can raise tax rates. Why do I suspect those eyes will fall upon residential properties?

One effect of California’s feeble educational system: the local politicians educated in it never learn. Tuesday will tell if the voters have.

Tomorrow on the feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel I’ll be on Fault Lines Radio talking the NYT tax story.

Oh full disclose, I’ll be on Fault Lines Radio making fun of the NYT Trump Tax story & those pushing it and making this point:

Oh and don’t miss this week’s live stream podcast tentatively at 3 PM unless the horrible Trump economy makes me work another Friday.

Hope to catch you there.

Today I begin my first day as a regular blogger at The Minority Report.

I will generally be blogging on Business and Tech issues but you may see the occasional interview online as well.

Today’s post Killing the small business in the cradle is on small businessmen and the effect of a new law in Illinois on their well-being:

As regular readers of my blog know, I spend a lot of time going door to door talking to business people in order to sell ads for my radio show (DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday Mornings 10 a.m. on WCRN AM 830 BTW).

With the economy in trouble nationwide and jobs scarce to come by, many people (including me) have decided to go into business for themselves. Just yesterday I met a lady at a cleaners shop in Acton who is painting silk scarfs as a new business while she looks for other work.

Small Entrepreneurs usually have it tough. One or two person operations put in an inordinate amount of labor to make a small amount of money (if any). In addition they have to follow all the governmental rules that are put before them as they attempt to get started….

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Imagine the New Hampshire line times 49

Posted: January 7, 2011 by datechguy in economy
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When I go door to door around the area to sell advertising for the show, one of the things business’ tend to tell me is that the sales taxes are murder particularly with NH only a town or two away. If you live in Townsend or Ashby a retail store doesn’t have a chance.

Now here comes Illinois deciding it want to tax net sales. I can’t imagine anything more foolish. Instead of one border state that is not taxing drawing sales from the state. Now Illinois web sellers have 49 states that can undersell them by a percentage. That certainly will not help.

Every dollar not spent on those Illinois business is a dollar not re-spent by them, and taxes are generated by dollars that move within a closed system. If those dollars don’t move within Illinois they will move elsewhere.

And if that isn’t enough Amazon and overstock will be ending relationships as Backyard Conservative has just discovered:

Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program:

We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If our records are incorrect, you can manage the details of your Associates account (here).

Please note that this not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Amazon Associates Program. But if the governor signs this bill, we will need to terminate the participation of all Illinois residents in the Associates Program. After that point, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for sales referred to amazon.com, endless.com and smallparts.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Illinois residents.

If you are looking to raise money, is it dead foolish, but it’s not a question of raising revenue, it’s a question of a government wanting control.

How’s that blue state way of doing things working out?

Update: I have the feeling that Illinois is taking advice from this lady.

Update 2: And it looks like the Chicago papers aren’t interested in this story

No reporting on this in the Chicago Tribune or Chicago Sun Times. Like this isn’t news? Here is the Trib copy off their website. It’s not even the top story.

As Moe Lane point out Illinois has the right to be wrong and will pay for it:

At this point we usually hear from the people who want to ‘yes-but’ along the lines of “Yes, but the state of Illinois has a right to those sales taxes.” Indeed, the state of Illinois has the ‘right’ to raise and levy taxes on in-state purchases. No matter how burdensome and archaic that might be when it comes to online purchases; and no matter that it might be wiser to consider that possibly the fact that people shop online to avoid state sales tax implies that state sales taxes are generally too high. Wiser… but not politically safe; Democratic politicians prefer that government revenue be high, even when it’s at private revenue’s expense. That hypothetical sales tax money wouldn’t be going towards business-friendly programs, after all: it’d be largely going towards government entitlement programs, which are notoriously unprofitable*.

But then, having groups like Amazon pull out of Illinois would be a win, for a certain class of smug types: after all, they showed those corporations who the boss was! – And, really, they don’t actually care about anything else.

Like Massachusetts Illinois is getting the government it deserves.