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San Diego Unified To Push For A Parcel Tax

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Fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation. (January, 2010) 12.5%. National unemployment rate 9.7%.
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus....

California needlessly licenses more occupations than any state – 177. Second worst state is Connecticut at 155. The average for the states is 92. http://cssrc.us/publications.aspx?id=...

1 in 5 in LA County receiving public aid. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-...

California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 36% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined. Unlike other states, this “temporary” assistance becomes much more permanent in CA. http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/webl...

California prison guards highest paid in the nation. http://www.caltax.org/caltaxletter/20...

CA teachers the highest paid in the nation – their 2008 $64,424 average salary is over $2,000 higher than 2nd place NY.
http://www.nea.org/home/29402.htm 2008 salaries (CA has the second lowest student test scores)

California is the worst ranked state for tax administration – another anti-business factor.
http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/...

California now has the lowest bond ratings of any state, edging out Louisiana.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

California ranks 44th worst in “2008 lawsuit climate.”
http://www.instituteforlegalreform.co...

America’s top CEO’s rank California “the worst place in which to do business” for the fourth straight year (3/2009). But here’s the interesting part – they think California is a great state to live (primarily for the great climate) – they just won’t bring their businesses here because of the oppressive tax and regulatory climate.
Consider this quote from the survey (a conclusion reflected in the rankings of the characteristics of the state): “California has huge advantages with its size, quality of work force, particularly in high tech, as well as the quality of life and climate advantages of the state. However, it is an absolute regulatory and tax disaster.” http://tinyurl.com/cyvufy

March 25, 2010 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Unified To Push For A Parcel Tax

Think we Californians are undertaxed? Consider this factsheet:

Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States
by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
Version 1.61 Revised 16 March, 2010
Updated online at:
http://www.open.salon.com/blog/Richar...

Here’s a depressing comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this article):

California has the 3rd worst state income tax in the nation. 9.55% tax bracket at $46,349. 10.55% at $1,000,000
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp...

By far the highest state sales tax rate in the nation. 8.25%. 7% is next highest (does not include local sales taxes)
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp... Table #15

California corporate income tax rate is the highest in the West (our economic competitors). 8.84%
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp... Table #8 -- we are 9th highest nationwide.

2010 Business Tax Climate ranks 48th in the nation. http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp...

Fourth highest capital gains tax 9.55% http://www.thereibrain.com/realestate...

Highest gasoline tax (averaging 65.0 cents/gallon) in the nation (January, 2010). When gas hits $3.00/gallon, we are numero uno – because unlike many states, we charge sales tax on gasoline purchases (built into the price).
http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/ (also usually highest diesel tax)

California is ranked 27th worst in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only area where we are not in the worst ten states. But CA property taxes per home were the 10th highest in the nation in 2008.
http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/... and http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/...

One of the highest state vehicle license car taxes. 1.15% per year on value of vehicle, up from 0.65% in 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/lrvmtd

California’s 2009 “Tax Freedom Day” (the day the average taxpayer stops working for government and start working for oneself) is again the 4th worst date in the nation – up from 28th worst in 1994.
http://www.taxfoundation.org/research...

March 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Unified To Push For A Parcel Tax

Larry Remer's bogus "push poll" claiming that at least 64% will vote for this parcel tax measure is typical consultant poppycock.

It may indeed get a 2/3 vote -- as did the recent county parcel tax -- which got two thirds AGAINST.

But at least consultant Remer will still get paid.

Remember, the county parcel tax vote was for fire protection -- more popular than more money for schools.

The SDUSD first wastes potentiallly hundreds of millions (over time) of taxpayer money on a union-vote-buying PLA agreement driving up construction costs for the district, and then comes to us claiming money problems.

I hope the board members DO put it on the ballot. We taxpayer advocates will slaughter this measure -- with little funding or effort.

Anyone expecting otherwise, consider contacting me for a wager on whether or not it passes. Since the wager must be done legally and publicly, at least $5,000 must be bet by each side to make the trouble of following the law worthwhile.

And yes, I'm serious.

March 25, 2010 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: S.D. County Will Fall Short 70,000 Housing Units By 2050

Conclusion:

As taxes rise and jobs disappear, we lose our tax base, continuing California’s state and local fiscal death spiral. This spiral must stop NOW.

NOTE: If you would like to receive my free periodic “Richard Rider Rant” e-newsletter with more of this type of information and analysis, just drop me an email at RRider@san.rr.com. To see the latest version of this “Breaking Bad” column, plus samples of my free “Richard Rider Rant” e-newsletter, go to my blog at www.open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider. This report also is available as a 2 page Word file for formatted printing.

September 24, 2009 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: S.D. County Will Fall Short 70,000 Housing Units By 2050

You want more of this? I've GOT more of this!!

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California now has the lowest bond ratings of any state, edging out Louisiana.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=...

California ranks 44th worst in “2008 lawsuit climate.”
www.instituteforlegalreform.com/compo...

In 2005 (latest figures), for every dollar Californians sent to D.C. in taxes, we got back 78 cents – 43rd worst.
www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/22...

America’s top CEO’s rank California “the worst place in which to do business” for the fourth straight year (3/2009). But here’s the interesting part – they think California is a great state to live (primarily for the great climate) – they just won’t bring their businesses here because of the oppressive tax and regulatory climate.
Consider this quote from the survey (a conclusion reflected in the rankings of the characteristics of the state): “California has huge advantages with its size, quality of work force, particularly in high tech, as well as the quality of life and climate advantages of the state. However, it is an absolute regulatory and tax disaster.”
http://tinyurl.com/cyvufy

California, a destitute state, still gives away college education at fire sale prices. Our community college tuition is by far the lowest in the nation. How low? Nationwide, the average community college tuition is 4.5 times higher than California CC’s. This ridiculously low tuition devalues education to students – resulting in a 30+% drop rate for class completion. In addition, 2/3 of California CC students pay no tuition at all – filling out a simple unverified “hardship” form that exempts them from any tuition payment, or receiving grants and tax credits for their full tuition.
www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitol...
www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jun/29/1n29fees225829-two-year-colleges-fees-likely-rise-/

On top of that, California offers thousands of absolutely free adult continuing education classes – a sop to the upper middle class. In San Diego, over 1,400 classes for everything from baking pastries to ballroom dancing are offered totally at taxpayer expense.
www.sdce.edu

California residential electricity costs an average of 35.4% more than the national average. For industrial use, CA electricity is 56.2% higher than the national average (2007).
www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa...
www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm...

It costs 38% more to build solar panels in California than in Tennessee – which is why European corporations have invested $2.3 billion in two Tennessee manufacturing plants to build solar panels for our state.
http://tinyurl.com/llussb

September 24, 2009 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: S.D. County Will Fall Short 70,000 Housing Units By 2050

Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States
by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
Version 1.491 Revised 19 September, 2009

Here’s a depressing comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this article):

California has the 4th highest state income tax in the nation. 9.55% at $47,055. 10.55% at $1,000,000

By far the highest state sales tax in the nation. 8.25% (not counting local sales taxes)

Corporate income tax rate is the highest in the West (our economic competitors). 8.84%

2009 Business Tax Climate ranks 48th in the nation.
www.taxfoundation.org/research/topic/...

Fourth highest capital gains tax 9.55%
www.thereibrain.com/realestate-blog/c...

Highest gasoline tax (averaging 64.5 cents/gallon) in the nation (July, 2009). When gas hits $3.00/gallon, we are numero uno – because unlike many states, we charge sales tax on gasoline purchases (built into the price).
www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/

Fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. (August, 2009) 12.2%. National rate 9.7%.
www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm

One of the highest state vehicle license car taxes. 1.15% per year on value of vehicle, up from 0.65% in 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/lrvmtd

California’s 2009 “Tax Freedom Day” (the day the average taxpayer stops working for government and start working for oneself) is again the 4th worst date in the nation – up from 28th worst in 1994.
www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/3...

To offset lower state revenues, 29 states are proposing 2009 state tax and fee increases totaling $24 billion. California, with 12% of the nation’s population, is proposing 47% of that increase (6/5/09).
http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/04/news/...

1 in 5 in LA County receiving public aid.
www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-welf...

California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 36% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined. Unlike other states, this “temporary” assistance becomes much more permanent in CA.
http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/webl...

California prison guards highest paid in the nation.
www.caltax.org/caltaxletter/2008/1017...

California teachers easily the highest paid in the nation.
www.nea.org/home/29402.htm (CA has the second lowest student test scores)

September 24, 2009 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: S.D. County Will Fall Short 70,000 Housing Units By 2050

The "housing shortage" is an overblown problem. The population projections are bogus -- based on a different era in California. SANDAG and other government agencies overestimate housing needs because it makes their role more important (and financially more secure).

People are looking to LEAVE the state -- especially people who could afford to buy homes. Given our economic situation, that's not going to change for years to come.

Consider California’s net domestic migration (migration between states). From April, 2000 through June, 2008 (8 years, 2 months) California has lost a NET 1.4 million people. The departures slowed this past year only because people couldn’t sell their homes.
www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/Pop_estimate...

These are not welfare kings and queens departing. They are the young, the educated, the productive, the ambitious, the wealthy (such as Tiger Woods), and retirees seeking to make their pensions provide more bang for the buck.

The irony is that a disproportionate number of these seniors are retired state and local government employees fleeing the state that provides them with their opulent pensions – in order to avoid the high taxes that these same employees pushed so hard through their unions.

September 24, 2009 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

What DOES happen in a state when RTC laws are passed is that crime goes down. The criminal is less confident that his crime will not be interrupted by some citizen packing a weapon.

September 24, 2009 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

About 40 states allow some or most of their citizens to carry loaded weapons. Every time a state okays such a plan, the usual warnings about "shootouts over traffic accidents" emerge -- primarily from police chiefs and politicians.

Thing is, the predicted calamities seldom if ever happen. Indeed, a definitive study of the 170,000 Texans licensed to carry weapons (a fairly simple process to qualify for) found that these pistol packin' mommas (and papas) committed far fewer crimes involving firearms than the rest of the population that was FORBIDDEN to carry guns.

September 24, 2009 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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