Amid the flurry of accusations in child custody disputes, allegations of marijuana use rank high on the list. Until recent years, the court’s position on this subject was easy to predict since judges and child custody evaluators maintained a zero tolerance policy toward smoking pot. In child custody cases within the greater Denver area, attorneys routinely admonished our clients that even if you’re smoking only when the kids are with the other parent, enjoying a Rocky Mountain high is illegal, ill-advised and potentially devastating to your parenting time request. In court, when one parent cried marijuana, the other parent was ordered to a drug testing facility for a hair follicle test or random urinalysis. If the offending parent flunked the drug test, the next visit with their ten year old just might be under the supervision of a local agency.
Comment. The parent can be on ambien, anti-psychotics, pain killers, muscle relaxers, alcohol, drunk, but can’t smoke weed. You’ve got to be kidding. Who is paying for these supervised visits? Answer: Taxpayers.
Is the government tracking you through your cell phone.
Buffeted by high taxes, strict regulations and uncertain state budgets, a growing number of California companies are seeking friendlier business environments outside of the Golden State.
And governors around the country, smelling blood in the water, have stepped up their courtship of California companies. Officials in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and Utah are telling California firms how business-friendly they are in comparison.
Companies are “disinvesting” in California at a rate five times greater than just two years ago, said Joseph Vranich, a business relocation expert based in Irvine. This includes leaving altogether, establishing divisions elsewhere or opting not to set up shop in California.
“There is a feeling that the state is not stable,” Vranich said. “Sacramento can’t get its act together…and that includes the governor, legislators and regulatory agencies that are running wild.”
The state has been ranked by Chief Executive magazine as the worst place to do business for seven years.
“California, once a business friendly state, continues to conduct a war on its own economy,” the magazine wrote.
That is about to change, at least if Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has anything to say about it. Newsom is developing a plan to address the state’s economic Achilles heels, and build on its strengths. It will be unveiled at the end of July.
“California has got to get its act together when it comes to economic development and job creation,” he said.
While not all companies investing elsewhere are doing so for economic reasons, some are shopping around for lower costs, lighter regulations, stable leadership and government assistance and incentives.
The most popular places to go? Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and North Carolina, said Vranich. All rank in the Top 13 places to do business, according to Chief Executive.
No budget, no pay for California lawmakers
After 15 years in Monterey Country, Calif., Feel Golf relocated its headquarters to Florida earlier this year after it acquired Pro Line Sports, which was based in the Sunshine State.
“The whole state is a bureaucratic Santa Claus,” said Lee Miller, chief executive of the golf equipment company, of his former home. “There’s a very high cost of doing business.”
In Florida, he found a better work pool, lower operating costs and no personal income taxes.
“Overall, it’s just a better environment,” he said.
PayPal opened a new customer services and operations center in Chandler, Ariz., in February, bringing 2,000 jobs to the area. The San Jose, Calif.-based tech firm, along with its parent eBay, also added 1,000 jobs in Austin, Texas, and expanded operations in Utah.
“They have business-friendly environments,” said Kathy Chui, a spokeswoman for eBay.
Other states, which are revving up their job creation efforts in the weak economy, are making sure California firms know the advantages to doing businesses with them.
Utah, for instance, touts its stable government, balanced budget and AAA debt rating, said Todd Brightwell, vice president at the state’s Economic Development Corp.
“We promote predictability,” said Brightwell, whose agency features an online comparison between the states in terms of taxes, real estate costs, utility expenses, cost of living and other metrics.
Over the past 18 months, the state become much more proactive in courting California firms. It now visits there regularly to reach out to target companies. The strategy has been successful. Adobe has expanded operations in Utah, as has Electronic Arts.
California companies are also reaching out to other states. Sandra Watson, chief operating officer of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said she’s seeing a growing number of California firms looking to expand outside the state.
The economic downturn has forced companies to find ways to reduce their costs, she said. Arizona is trying to capitalize on that by promoting its lower workers compensation and unemployment insurance taxes, as well as its aggressive incentive packages.
“There’s a lot of competition out there and companies are re-evaluating their strategies,” she said.
It is axiomatic that we want job creation in New York – what New Yorker wouldn’t want to see our unemployment rate go down? Since jobs are created when companies hire employees, it would seem obvious that all New Yorkers would be supportive of public policy that encourages employers to set up shop in New York. Well, if you thought that is what our New York elected officials were locked in on – a laser-like focus on jobs – you would be sadly mistaken. Taxes are an important part of the policy mix that makes one jurisdiction more attractive relative to another, and on that basis one study ranks New York state … 50th! Last Place!
According to the Tax Foundation, New York has the worst State Business Tax Climate. In fact, over the past four years New York has dropped each year from 45th place in 2008, to 47th in 2009, 49th in 2010 and finally, to dead last in 2011.
How can we – New Yorkers – expect our economy to flourish when our politicians keep raising the tax rates? When they raise tax rates,
they stifle economic activity – taxpayers, both businesses and individuals, leave the state – and tax revenues decline. And how do our New York politicians respond? They raise tax rates ever higher, causing even more taxpayers to flee the state.
As the Tax Foundation points out, “The modern market is characterized by mobile capital and labor. Therefore, companies will locate
where they have the greatest competitive advantage. States with the best tax systems will be the most competitive in attracting new businesses and most effective at generating economic and employment growth.” It should not come as a surprise then that no state is losing population faster than New York – our tax burden is chasing people and businesses out of the state, and they are relocating to more tax friendly jurisdictions.
It is time to FIX NYC. It is time we cleaned political house. 50th place – should our elected officials take a bow,
or should they take a hike? Let’s send them packing!
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NY turns into flee market (1.6M bolt high-tax state in last decade)
New York Post ^ | August 3, 2011 | ERIK KRISS
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 11:58:41 AM by Second Amendment First
Taxed-out New Yorkers are voting with their feet, with a staggering 1.6 million residents fleeing the state over the last decade, a new report found.
That’s as if the entire populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined had packed up and left.
For the second consecutive decade, New York led the nation in the percentage of residents leaving for other states, according to the report by the Empire Center for State Policy.
The population loss is “the ultimate barometer of New York’s attractiveness as a place to work, live and do business,” said the report’s co-author, E.J. McMahon. “It’s the ultimate indication that we’ve been doing things wrong.”
Most analysts blamed New York’s high taxes and skyrocketing cost of living for the mass exodus.
The Tax Foundation ranked New York highest in the nation in the combined state and local tax burden in 2008. And as small-business lobbyist Mike Durant noted, New York has also “consistently ranked worst or in the top three worst in business climate.
“You can’t suck every penny out of people and expect them to remain in New York,” added Durant, New York state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Since 1960, New York has lost 7.3 million residents to other states — a net loss of 2.5 million people after adding in an influx of 4.8 million new immigrants, the study found.
Even counting the state’s high influx of immigrants, New York still suffered a bigger net loss than all but three other states during the last decade, according to the analysis of 2010 Census data by the fiscally conservative think tank.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com …
Reports that 1.6 million New Yorkers left the state in the last decade.
I was trying to imagine why 1.6 million people left New York over the last decade and came up with a few thoughts (“NY Turns Into Flee Market,” Aug. 3).
New York has the highest taxes and an unfriendly business environment.
It’s a mecca of liberalism and political corruption.
It has strict gun control, but only for law-abiding citizens, and no death penalty.
New York is one of three states that didn’t dump their incumbents in last November’s election.
And, finally, there are traffic and tolls everywhere you turn.
Goodbye, New York. Hello to the South.
Count my wife and me among the many who are fleeing New York.
As we pondered retirement, we realized that taxes and other expenses (like insurance) would limit what we could do in our golden years.
So we built a home in Pennsylvania.
Our home is 50 percent larger than our Rye home, we have much more land and our taxes are 25 percent of what we pay in New York.
Plus, our pensions will not be taxed by Pennsylvania.
These are just the beginning of a long list of benefits to moving out of state.
I sincerely hope that Gov. Cuomo can help change the spend-and-tax culture that has pervaded this state for many decades.
Two men posing as wealthy Russian Drug Smugglers get told not to put their exotic sports cars on the Medicaid application, to classify their “Bob Marley” illicit drug business as “babysitting,” and to get abortions for their underage sisters who perform sex in exchange for drugs.