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Richard Rider

NYC “cash cow” financial firms fleeing to low tax states — Sacramento, hello — anyone listening?

New York City has its own municipal income tax. Combined with the NY state tax, it’s the second highest tax rate in the nation.

NYC is the only U.S. jurisdiction that comes close to challenging California’s place at the top of the income tax (dung) heap. The top NY state income tax rate is 8.82%, while the top NYC income tax is an additional 3.876% (ya gotta wonder why they calculate the tax to a THOUSANTH of a percent). And BTW that top city income tax kicks in at only $50,000 of income.

Thus the top combined NYC tax is 12.696% — challenging (unsuccessfully) California’s top rate of 13.3%. Moreover, NYC has a COL that is even higher than the average CA COL. The theory of NYC politicians is that taxes don’t matter — some businesses HAVE to be in NYC — notably financial businesses.

Wrong! This is the electronic age. More and more, businesses are learning that location DOESN’T… Read More

Katy Grimes

Taking the ‘Boy’ Out of Boy Scouting

The headline should read, “Boy Scouts Welcome Girls In New Gender Neutral Scouts.” How hospitable. The announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will be dropping “Boy” from the name and admitting girls is sadly not surprising, but is extremely disappointing.

My son, now a toxically-masculine 29, was a Cub Scout, Webelo Scout, Life Scout, and third generation Eagle Scout. During his scouting years, we observed scouting changing with more moms getting involved, disallowing boys from being boys in many cases. In 2000, he changed… Read More

Katy Grimes

#MeToo Movement Quickly Morphed Into #MeTooBS

Leftist feminist women are trying to dominate/destroy our youth through their envy and hatred of men. Their denial of their own power to unite, or the power to divide, is significant. Women have amazing power, but when used destructively, is devastating.

Except for some allegations of actual rape and serious violent sexual assault, far too much of the behavior spelled out in the #MeToo movement is not criminal. The women who have climbed the career ladders using sex is not insignificant and cannot be downplayed in the #MeToo movement, regardless of how many of them signed “the letter.”

Michelle Wolf, the vile comedian who hosted the White House Correspondents Association annual event Saturday, madedisgusting jokes during her 15-minute monologue, mocking White House Press Secretary Sanders’ appearance saying, “I’m just excited Sarah finally gets to go to prom,” a reference to the dinner’s reputation for being a “nerd prom.” Andcalling Sanders “an Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women.”

Just last week, news legend Tom Brokaw was… Read More

Katy Grimes

CA Democrats Repeating Rent Control Insanity

The definition of insanity is to repeat the same mistake over and over again, while hoping for a different, better outcome. Such is the latest case of the predictable Left, turning once again to another failed sociological experiment —capping or regulating rents artificially, more commonly known as “Rent Control.” Democrats in California are once again imposing rent control initiatives through state and local ballot measures, including theSacramento Renter Protection And Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.

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Katy Grimes

Sacto Taxpayers Association Bestows Annual Golden Fleece Awards

The Sacramento Taxpayers Association held its Fourth AnnualGOLDEN FLEECEAWARDS at the STA Annual Dinner April 18, 2018. Golden Fleece Awards are bestowed upon public officials, governmental agencies and organizations for their “wasteful, ridiculous, or ironic use of taxpayers’ money.”

As the President of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, I wanted us to carry the torch for the late U.S. Senator William Proxmire, a Democrat, who used to famously issue monthlyGoldenFleeceawardsto… Read More

Katy Grimes

Attn Parents: CA Democrats Have Replaced Educational Curricula With Perversion

California lawmakers are not only bulldozing classic liberal education, they are legislating more LGBT lifestyle and pornographic perversion in education curricula. At the same time, they are also trying to outlaw homeschooling, removing all doubt that the left is indoctrinating your kids, and using them as revolting sociological experiments.

Friday April 27 is the annual GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) pro-homosexual “Day of Silence,” celebrated on K-12 public school campuses across the country. I remember my introduction to this agenda when my son’s high school celebrated it without first notifying parents, and then feigned… Read More

Katy Grimes

Gerawan Farming Taking CA Ag Labor Board Case to US Supreme Court

Surprising no one, on Nov. 27, the California Supreme Court upheld the dubious Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation law against Gerawan Farming. The California Supreme Court heard the Gerawan case last fall on whether the state’s attempting to force mandatory agricultural labor union contracts violates the constitutional safeguard of equal protection. Fresno-based peach grower Gerawan Farming is one of the largest agriculture employers in the state.

The serious… Read More

Richard Rider

Anatomy of a fake news story on Chula Vista sales tax

Often it’s pointed out that the MSM has a liberal bias. It’s true, but many in the MSM simply can’t recognize their own bias. They HONESTLY believe that they are doing a good job as journalists, and take umbrage if anyone suggests otherwise.

Below is a typical — indeed quintessential — example of this bias — a bias that is liberal. But it’s also a biased article for additional reasons that most people don’t understand — I’ll discuss below. The reporter and their editors will be offended and yet puzzled why I would see bias in this pro-tax article. Let me help.

First, the article (see below). To summarize, it’s a 15 paragraph SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE story that could have been (and maybe WAS) essentially written by the city of Chula Vista’s PR flack. It’s probably a regurgitated press release, an ode touting the need for a higher sales tax. The reporter dutifully reported what the city wanted him to say — quoting the proponents extensively.

There is… Read More

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