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California ranked 48th on state taxes

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From page A7 | October 25, 2013 | 23 Comments

The tax climate of California ranked 48th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The Golden State remained in its long-held position of 48th place for the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, despite improvements to its corporate tax code.

Several states have moved in the rankings since last year, with Texas dropping out of the top ten for the first time, landing at No. 11, and Virginia and Kentucky both falling three places to No. 26 and No. 27, respectively. On the positive side, Arizona climbed five ranks to No. 22 and Kansas shot up six spots to No. 20. Several other states also saw smaller changes.

“The states that lost ground this year usually did so because they changed policy in a way that makes the tax code more complex, burdensome, or economically harmful,” said Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard. “By contrast, the states that improved did so because they are moving closer to a tax code that collects revenue without unnecessarily distorting business decisions. Their tax codes became more neutral.”

The State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its 10th edition, collects data on over a hundred tax provisions for each state and synthesizes them into a single, easy-to-use score. The states are then compared against each other, so that each state’s ranking is relative to actual policies in place in other states around the country. A state’s ranking can rise or fall significantly based not just on its own actions, but on the changes or reforms made by other states.

The top 10 states in 2014 are Wyoming (No. 1), South Dakota (No. 2), Nevada (No. 3), Alaska (No. 4), Florida (No. 5), Washington (No. 6), Montana (No. 7), New Hampshire (No. 8), Utah (No. 9), and Indiana (No. 10).

The 10 lowest ranked states in 2014 are Maryland (No. 41), Connecticut (No. 42), Wisconsin (No. 43), North Carolina (No. 44), Vermont (No. 45), Rhode Island (No. 46), Minnesota (No. 47), California (No. 48), New Jersey (No. 49), and New York (No. 50).

“The goal of the State Business Tax Climate Index is to start a conversation with policymakers about how their states fare against the rest of the country,” said Drenkard. “With this report, we’re asking: ‘How well is your tax code structured? Are businesses in your state spending too much time complying with onerous tax provisions? Are you double taxing things you shouldn’t?’”

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  • cookie65October 25, 2013 - 7:21 am

    The states that remained way down the list like California, usually did so because they doubled down on policies that makes the tax code more complex, burdensome, or economically harmful.

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  • MorrisOctober 25, 2013 - 10:21 am

    ......'a tax code that collects revenue without unnecessarily distorting business decisions' .....WTF?? What the heck does this mean? Sounds like someone just opened up one of his old business college textbooks and plucked a few soundsgoods words out to fill up a blank space on a blank PowerPoint.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 25, 2013 - 11:12 am

    Now the proper calculation is to discover the amount of registered Libs/Dems in the state and it will approximate the percentage a person or business is over-taxed to support them.

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  • cookie65October 25, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Morris, that sounds like a question for the thousand's of businesses that have fled California or the hundred's of others that have outlets all across the country but none in California.

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  • WhattheheckOctober 25, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Cookie65.......if CA is such a terrible state please pack your bags and move..........we can manage quite well without you.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 25, 2013 - 11:16 am

    The proper calculation is to determine the percentage of registered Libs/Dems in the state, any state, this percentage will approximate the amount a person or business that pays taxes is over-taxed to support them.

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  • cookie65October 25, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    whattheheck, that has been my solution for all the socialism craving leftists for years. If this country based, on CONSTITUTIONAL limitations of the federal government is such a terrible place to live, pack your bags and move..... we can manage quite well without you. You are the ones who voted to fundamentally transform the country. You are the ones who voted for hope and CHANGE. Every place is terrible once the life sucking parasite leftists get a hold of it.

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  • WhattheheckOctober 26, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Cookie.......then you certainly must pack your bags and move out of the USA........pls. do us all a favor........

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  • Dink LaneOctober 25, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    The Tax Foundation -- Who are they? Here are a couple of the Directors: Wayne Gable, Director of KOCH INDUSTRIES; Joseph Luby, Jr. V.P of EXXON MOBIL; Jame Riordan, former V.P. of MOBIL; R. Glenn Hubbard, former Chairman of Pres. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers (You've got to remember him); Douglas Holtz-Eakin former Chief Economic adviser to John McCain; and we can't forget Pamela Olson, Sr. Economic adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign and Ass Sec of Treasury for tax policy for Pres. Bush............. Wow, a great bunch of OIl Executives.... and they are going to tell us CA and their (fight to keep from fracking) is causing "tax issues for them"...... I think I'll wait for the movie.... This bogus 'trailer' is way off the mark...

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  • Dink LaneOctober 25, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Hey -- Cookie: Which country would you say has the most stable economy? Germany maybe? They pay "living wages" have Medical care all + the poor, have 2% in property tax (We have 1% unless you live in the rural areas) and here is the one that will put your guarders in a twist.... Personal, Corporation and Capital income are all taxed at 40% (I know, I know Gleen Beck swore we paid the highest.... He lied!) ........ Dam what a novel idea... a shared burden..... I know, I know Scrooge, err... I mean Cookie.... you'd say -- Nah, stick to the poor.... those damn liberals want us to pay.... are there not work houses or prisons? Bah, Humbug

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  • MorrisOctober 25, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    So basically Cookie you have no idea what that Goatscrew Grouping of words means either. Glad I'm not the only one.

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  • rodOctober 25, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    Dinkster, Germany has a tiny... very tiny welfare pop... with tiny little handouts... get it?

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  • Sly GirlOctober 26, 2013 - 12:36 am

    Any responsible business owner operating a small business here in California understands the facts of this MD article and is not surprised. As usual, Cookie skillfully connects the article with relevant insight and wisdom. Also as usual, the Idiots present in full force with flailing attacks and dependable tantrums.

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Sly Girl, I know it isn't necessary to point it out for you but Morris' attack on you includes everything Morris' accuses me of. You cannot reason with the mentally ill, especially when they have such pent up anger over believing they had finally secured, thru obama, the utopia they have awaiting all their sad lives. Only to discover that instead of the savior they had been sold by the leftists groupthink media, he is nothing short of the most corrupt, incompetent unqualified tragedy to ever be elected pResident. They have good reason to be pi$$ed off. They are going to continue to direct their hate and anger at anyone who points out what a bunch of useless idiots they are. The more effective someone is at pointing it out, the more enraged they become. It is like poking a stick in a beehive. They should be thanking me, I give them an opportunity to release their rage and perhaps save them from popping an artery. They continue to remind everyone they are the party of tolerance, diversity and compassion because if they did not constantly remind people, no one would know. They are no different that all those in history who occupy the mass graves once their usefulness was exhausted.

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  • MorrisOctober 26, 2013 - 1:33 am

    You have GOT to be kidding me Sly Girl. Seriously. One word: Projection. If your post were not so tragic considering the who's who of posting styles, I seriously would wonder if this was April 1st. Do you honestly believe the tantrum line as true? Really? I suggest pulling the last 12 months of postings by Cookie and his/her counterparts. Now do the same with those of the other side of the fence; myself included. Cookie and Co. is all about insults, name calling, answer-avoidance, limited hard fact and fact sourcing and overall lack of respect for leadership that frequently trends to the paranoid delusional bully side. Not to mention a lack of polite listening skills and consideration. Remember, your're talking about the person who openly made fun of and found fodder for mean in the death of someone's loves one who died in a car crash. Swerved to avoid a deer. Killed. And your hero found this amusing. Then posted such where it could and probably was read by the loved ones. For a Sly Girl...well ...you've got some set of balls.

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Morris' Freudian use of the word "projection". -- Morris October 23, 2013 - 8:18 am Cookie, while that is unlikely to earn your Junior Jackass Karl Rove Merit Badge you'll at least get a Participant ribbon. Don't cry. It'll be OK

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  • Terri KlineOctober 27, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Morris, you are my new MD hero . . . Cookie65 has an empty head and heart that's been filled with hate. In fact I think she may be a he. I suspect Cookie65 is really that car mechanic guy/convicted felon who writes opinion columns for this very newspaper (his name escapes me, but I'm sure ya'll know who I'm talking about).

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Morris, this is the comment you are referring to that I made regarding the head on collision near the Apple café. You read it as cold, uncaring and callous when in fact it was meant in the most serious of terms. I understand you are ruled by emotions, but emotions are what caused the accident. -- cookie65January 07, 2013 - 9:12 am -- Camino resident, a bay area driver swerved their planet saving matchbox car into oncoming traffic in order to allow the wildlife to safely cross the freeway. And some local innocent little girl paid the ultimate price for his stupidity. He probably learned that the wildlife is in danger because we are intruding on its natural habitat so he was doing his part to protect them.

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Leftism literally can be summed up in one word. What do they all have in common with Bush? HATE. What do they all have in common with Cruz? HATE. What do the all have in common with Fox? HATE. What do they all have in common with Rush? HATE. What do they all have in common with corporate America? HATE. What do they all have in common with Constitutional limitations on government? HATE. What do they all have in common with Big Oil? HATE. What do they all have in common with the Koch brothers? HATE. What do they all have in common with the Teaparty? HATE. What do they all have in common with Sarah Palin? HATE. What do they all have in common with anyone who is anti-union? HATE. What do they all have in common with Me?......The list is endless. It is sad that they are motivated by hate but those who promote it know how much control they have over people once they have trained them to hate.

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 9:32 am

    Back in the late 30's an individual gained world acclaim by training people to hate. Millions of innocent people later, his bloody reign dominated by hate came to an end.

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Morris, I have an example of the leftist version of "answer avoidance, lack of polite listening skills and consideration". The "letters" Editor of the LATimes refuses to print any and all letters critical of the global warming fraud. I am certain that you would be in favor of such a policy since your true issue is to silence anyone who doesn't share in and promote your groupthink.

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  • Dink LaneOctober 26, 2013 - 10:45 am

    What I find so interesting is that the majority of SMALL Business taxes are imposed at the LOCAL level (city, county).... A majority of local elected officials in El Dorado County are "Republican" -- "Conservatives" and have been for years......... How about that County TAX on EDC small businesses on the store OR shop's equipment that is charged ....... Monthly??????...... YOU CAN THANK YOUR local Republican elected officials for that...... The Democrats had NOTHING to do with that....

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  • cookie65October 26, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Here Dink, allow me to refresh your memory. http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/Small-businesses-in-California-fight-retroactive-tax/-/12969376/19322946/-/13x3okh/-/index.html

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