California called “Taxifornia” in new study


42 Responses to “California called “Taxifornia” in new study”

  1. 1 Ryan Moura April 21, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    I don’t find this out of the ordinary or unusual at all. California always seems to be at the top with government spending, which is in part because it is a huge state with many people with many different views about spending and taxing concerns. It’s very interesting to see where California ranks among other states in this article, because I knew that it was up there from the money that was being used on the local and state levels. I think that we all know what needs to be done for California to return to that economically strong state and it needs to be done soon because the numbers are only getting harder to combat.

  2. 2 Lorena C. Rodegeb April 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    I am not surprised to see that California is high on the list….but I am kinda surprised that it is not at the very top of the list! At least we are not the worst right? LOL! I don’t even know what to think anymore…money problems for days and no end in sight. Can we stop spending on wars and use that money to help the U.S.? Just sayin!

  3. 3 Amanda Herrera April 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    I would have to agree with the two previous blog posting that I too am not totally surprised by this article which states,”California has one of the nation’s highest levels of government spending and taxes”. Like I have said in previous blog postings before, California is a HUGE state, big enough where it can be considered its own country. With that said, I would ask the question, how bad is California’s high spending is comparison to the size of the state? Is there a statistical ratio that can clarify the spending? It is unfortunate to admit but i think California’s spending is so high that the raise in higher taxes would seem to be the only choice, at this exact moment, to fix the problem. Either higher taxes or more cuts backs in the education system but I am not sure that would be enough. Not sure how much good could come out of all the bad.

  4. 4 Alma Tenorio April 24, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    First of all, I must state that California is the top in almost everything. Highest population rate and everything California has to offer must suggest that the government would have to do a lot of spending to sustain this active state. It was not unusual to me to read another article that states the high taxing the government imposes on us Californians.It seems that increase in taxes is proportional to a better lifestyle, which is what California offers.

  5. 5 EconConsumer April 24, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    My concern is with our elective officials. What are they doing to protect our citizens by avoiding so much taxes. I keep hearing how bad California is doing with all the cutbacks but yet our state government has money to refurbished new offices, etc. If the people of California are expected to help out. I believe at little less lavish luncheons and expenses on part of our elective officials should also be cut back.

  6. 6 Jennifer DaRosa April 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    I was a little surprised that California was only the fourth highest spending state and that Alaska was the first.I do think that we should stop spending so much though. If we did this then we could also lower taxes. I do realize that this could be hard since us residents of california have grown accustom to living a certain way and cuting spending would change this in some ways but we all need to just deal with it and try to get our economy back on track.

  7. 7 Jesus Zavala April 27, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    I was not very surprised to find out that California has the fourth largest government spending. Even though California still has a budget defecit, it seems as if the government is increasing the defecit rather than lowering it to were it once was. If the state keeps on spending, government officials will have to other alternative than to increase taxes on everything.

  8. 8 Ruby S April 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    California is a huge state with such a large population, so the negative effects of the taxes would seem to be in proportion with the size of the poplutaion. It is interesting that taxes are getting the blame for why California’s economy isn’t in the greatest place right now. It makes sense that California is having such a hard time with the change in economy compared to other states: there is so much mmore to lose.

  9. 9 Angelina Hlavaty April 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Oh california. It’s funny, some say California could be its own country. I wouldn’t doubt it. I have been to many other states within the US and first- handed experienced the high tax rates. It is ridiculous. Although, Alaska, I wonder what they tax the people over in that icey state, perhaps teh fish. California has a huge population that is still growing. I just don’t understand the government at times. they tax us more and more each day, and its funny because many of us strive to earn high wages, for what to be heavily taxed and give our hard work back to bad government spending. The government spending school go into schools. But no just tax us more, so by the time were out of school and get our new jobs, they can tax our incomes as well.

  10. 10 kathryn koller May 1, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Wooo California state with the highest taxes and with a quickly lowering unemployment and personal income. There is just so many people in the state that i guess all these numbers makes sense. If we are giving so much taxes to the state, i would expect to see more improvements around or at least the state really working on getting out of debt, but that doesn’t seem to be happening…where is all the money going?

  11. 11 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Although tax rates in California are pretty high overall, what most people fail to notice is that some tax rates are high because others are low, so there is a need to compensate. For example sales tax, California’s are considered high, but property tax has been frozen at 1%. Since most states get more revenue from property tax, they don’t have the need to tax other services quite as much. Also, the more taxes the state collects, the more services it provides.

  12. 12 Charles McNeil May 2, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    I instinctually want to respond to this in a liberal way: defending taxation as a means by which our government affords certain benefits to our state. As perhaps this study was authored by some rich right wing Californian agency, clamoring for data to support its anti-tax agenda. But maybe I’ve just never considered California to be uncompetitive among our other states. Oh wait… the post doesn’t actually offer up any data to support it’s claim that California’s “economic competitiveness” is actually “adversely affected” by it’s high rate of taxation. Hmm…

  13. 13 Christopher Henderson May 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Well I’m not surprised that most of that figure comes from high-income tax payers. We have a lot of high-income taxpayers in the state. Hollywood alone probably makes up a majority of that figure. Plus, we have the eight or sixth, or whatever it is now, economy in the WORLD. Of course our taxes and spending will be higher. I agree with Charles, they say what they based it on but they don’t give too much data to back it up. Maybe we are so high on the list is because we have a greater population than most states too.

  14. 14 Evan Schlinkert May 2, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Like many have said I don’t find it unusual at all that California is so high on the list, but like others have said it is kind of surprising it is not the number one state on the list. To me the answer isn’t to stop spending because if we stop spending then the people of California wouldn’t be happy, there seems to be a no win situation. If we spend more we are screwed, but if we don’t spend we are screwed. I guess time will tell what the right answer is.

  15. 15 Ana Ahnen May 2, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    This completely makes sense. I believe that California has serious problems deciding where tax money should be spent. We pay so much in taxes, yet our state is in huge debt and our education is getting cut. I don’t understand how this is possible because it seems like taxes should make it so these problems are not as large. It is up to the state government to start making smarter decisions as to where our tax dollars are getting spent.

  16. 16 angel May 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    I agree with Ana. California has serious problems deciding where to spend their money. California residents pay more taxes than other states, and we are in such a huge debt than budget cuts are affecting California’s education system.I hope things get better soon.

  17. 17 Kara Yamamoto May 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I’m not surprised at all that California had one of the nation’s highest levels of government spending and taxes. California is one of that largest states in the country, pretty much big enough to be its own country. It is very unfortunate to admit that California has such high tax but since California’s spending is so high, the only other option would be to raise taxes. California has problems with where their money should be spent. We pay so much each year on taxes, and with all the cut back you think it would be helping the problem not making it worst.

  18. 18 Anna Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I’m not surprised that CA has one of the highest tax rates because CA is a heavily populated state and it needs funds from its residents in order to provide resources. I’m not surprised Alaska and one of the Dakotas has some of the lowest tax rates because these states are not heavily populated; therefore, require less funds from their residents in order to provide resources. It makes sense and balances out. Although I do not like paying taxes, I do like CA and what it has to offer. I will deal with the punches.

  19. 19 Hyo Kim May 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    In these days I wonder how California gov are so eager to rip off from people. Such actions like searching cameras on the signal without any warning, I just payed 480$ two weeks ago, just because of making right turn on red light. Let’s say there was a warning sign and it was just a illegal action, but still, 480$ isn’t this ridiculously too expensive?
    polices are waiting on the street to catch somebody making small mistake, and giving expensive tickets,..
    California need to calm down and start to focusing on preventig more jobs not ripping off from people.

  20. 20 Jessica Opperman May 3, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Interesting article but not a total shocker that california is at the top of the government spending money and taxes list. California is a bigger populated state and government has issues with spending money in the right places.

  21. 21 Nicole Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    It didn’t surprise me that much to see that California is so high on the list. It seems like they are spending money in all the wrong things, and doing budget cuts on all the wrong things as well.

  22. 22 Hannah Mac Dula May 3, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    I thought this article was informative. I’m glad that people are researching and producing actual statistics for expenditures of the state and what policies are affecting which types of groups of people in our state. I am not surprised that many of the tax burdens fall on high income constituents. I think that that is fair as well, since we have many celebrities living in our state! I was surprised that the high taxes are “inhibiting economic progress”. How else are we supposed to pay for all our stuff? Should we begin evening out the taxing field by increasing taxes for everyone in the state? I think I would be fine with that as long our public education system improved.

  23. 23 Daniel Reddell May 5, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    The reason we have high taxes here in California is because we, the voters, voted for more state and local gov’t spending. And how is this spending going to be funded? More taxes. And of course, another reason we have high taxes is because California is overall a wealthier state than many other states.

    However, I am a little confused as to why higher taxes = negative economic progress. With more spending by the government, that means more jobs for the public, more money for the consumer to spend, which should lead to higher aggregate demand. Yet this article is claiming that higher taxes is bad for our state’s economy. (but then again, one needs to consider that with higher taxes, more money is being saved rather than spent by the consumer)

    Perhaps our tax money isn’t going to the right things? But then of course, that would be our fault, not the gov’t, since we vote for what our tax money is spent on.

  24. 24 nicholas joy May 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    This is a cause for concern. we see this over taxing in advertisement in other states, saying leave california cause we are cheaper. And its true, yet we rely on these companies for jobs. So who can they tax, or s their another option? government spending for one needs to be cut, taxing of luxury goods increased, and taxing of capital gains increased. continuing to tax people and companies will just lose cali more jobs and more money.

  25. 25 Trella Chrisco May 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    California is a great place it has everything from beaches to redwoods to sunny weather to snow. why would’t i pay more to live in a place like this? why alaska is higher taxed then us i do not understand. i do not understand the piont this article is making are they trying to get california to lower taxes or other states to raise thiers?

  26. 26 Nick Baumann May 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    I often hear people justifying California’s high taxes by saying how as a big state it needs more money for upkeep and general spending. I appreciate how this article points out that the state is one of the highest spenders in the country. If it just reduced its spending, it could also reduce its taxation and allow for more economic growth. Our high taxes retard our economic growth. The current system siphons profits away from businesses and discourages individuals from making more money by more harshly taxing the rich. We need to fix the tax system if we don’t want to be passed up by other states in the future.

  27. 27 Michael Lavery May 12, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    As others have mentioned, it isn’t a suprise that California is so high on the list. Take a look around, California has a population of 37 million! These 37 million people need roads, hospitals, police, electricity and other services. The state has a GDP comparable to Italy. The problem isn’t how much to spend, but where to spend it. Money should be spent on making repairs to the state’s aqueducts to ensure the state doesn’t suffer droughts or effect farmers.

  28. 28 Joey V May 14, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    California named fourth largst i nation?? I fiured we would be first. I don’t undestand how Alaska is the highest. Why are they paying such high taxes. California’s high level of taxes and government spending is refected on the GDP too. If the government stopped spending so much we could lower our state’s debt. Also, our population is getting ridiculous for our states size. The good thing about this article is that is has a lot of stats for support. Hopefully we can fix all the problems we are in soon.

  29. 29 Nick Pasquale May 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Im surprised that California is not at the top of this list. Because California spends a lot of money. If they want to reduce taxes then California needs to reduce their spending, and I don’t think that is going to happen anytime soon.

  30. 30 Chris Hirst May 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    i guess im really not suprised, california has a vary high population and also a high population of illeagles that peole need to pay for. i would say good thing that i dont live here but chicago isnt much better, high taxes are popping up all over the place. Because of Obama, its something people should get used to.

  31. 31 Matthew Jaber May 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    I do not find this article to be the least bit peculiar at all. California spends a copious amount of money and this is not a surprise because California is one of the biggest states in the US and is very diverse and one of the most desirable places to live. Taxes are so high in California, because people are spending too much.

  32. 32 Justin Castro May 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    I was extremely surprised to hear that California was only the fourth highest spending state. I expected it to be either first or second, near New York. I was also surprised to find out that Alaska was highest on the list, but it makes sense since they are one of the leading oil producers in the country. It will be tough for California to cut spending since the population and cost of living are so high.

  33. 33 Miles Atkinson May 17, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Although many people says they were not surprised, I was personally surprised. Being born and raised in Japan, the tax for japan has been 5% for awhile. I did not know that the tax in California was so high until I came here. I guess there a re a lot more money spent than I can see.

  34. 34 amos mccray-goldsmith May 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    with California’s economy one of the largest in the world, the fact that we are some of the highest taxed people does not strike me as odd. but one also has to understand that with this large amount of taxation also comes a large amount of government spending. so this means that it is not necessarily a bad that that we are being taxed, we bring in a lot of money and as a result the government is entitled to part of that.

  35. 35 Jamie B May 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    California is an expensive place to live, and the residents definitely feel financial stress because of high taxation. Its no wonder we have a budget deficit with the amount of government spending that we do. I also thought that we would have been the top spending state or at least second. High taxes do not seem to stop any Californian from spending their money.

  36. 36 Luke Napier May 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    This report does not shock me one bit. Considering the amount of people living in this state and the high cost of living it is no wonder why our state taxes and spends as much as it does. The cost of living in this state is also considerable higher than the other states. One could also consider all of the illegal immigrant that reside in the state as well. People should be given a chance for a better life, but should not be able to manipulate the system. Raising taxes even more in this state may be a solution to some, but should be really focused upon how much and where we are spending our money.

  37. 37 Ibrahim Jamil May 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Agree with most that i am not surprised that California has one of the nation’s highest levels of government spending and taxes. It is important to understand that California can run itself.It is in the top 10 in terms of economic status and is a huge market. It was to be expected that California would suffer huge debts and issues in regard to the economic downturn.The cost of living in California is high and it is expected that revenue would be low

  38. 38 Erik Rasmussen May 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    What I don’t understand is how California can have some of the highest tax rates, which means they are getting a lot of money from it’s citizens, but also be spending so much of the money that cities are going bankrupt. Where is all this money going? If we were to make it easier for illegals to become citizens, then they can pay the same taxes as everyone else and possibly give the state more money. I am not sure how many illegals live in California but it has to be over 10 million. Say I get taxed around 400-500 dollars a paycheck twice a month. If 10 million illegals were to get taxed the same, that could equal 8 billion dollars. If they were to legalize marijuana, they could make billions of dollars as well off the people that already smoke it regularly for medical issues or for recreation.

  39. 39 kelsea Jimenez May 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Just because we have high taxes doesn’t mean that the government is getting enough money to pay of our debts. We are in trillions and trillions of dollars in debt and raising taxes will only make a little indent of helping reduce our debts. Raising taxes is unfair to the citizens, but without taking this action we will never see recovery in our economy. And I’m sure we don’t want anymore budget cuts occurring right now because we can’t all afford it.

  40. 40 Mayra Flores May 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    I think there are certain things such as high taxes that comes from living in California. We have a ridiculous amount of people and the government obviously has to do something to take care of it.

  41. 41 Alex Plascencia May 19, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    The facts have always been there, it is no surprise that Callifornia ranks among the nations top spending and taxing. The more California seems to spend too much money the high tax payers are getting the back end of the stick.

  42. 42 Blanca Cerda May 19, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    I agree, this does not seem to surprise me. California continues to spend money like crazy, and still raises taxes. I don’t understand why the state keeps raising taxes so much because even though they continue to raise them, we are so deep in debt that it isn’t even helping.

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