The attached was an idea presented by the Democrats a few years ago but I think it should be revisited. With so many companies and wealthy individuals leaving the state should we be able to charge them a tax for leaving the state. Afterall, they made their money here and we need to revenue.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm
Prop 13 was the wrong answer to the problem at hand. You can't force people to pay more to leave the state--it's not a prison. Keep talking about raising taxes and people won't just leave CA, they'll find another country. I think there must be better solutions.
Posted by Tracy, a member of the Pleasanton Middle School community, on Mar 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Daniel Borenstein just stated that each household 'owes' about $30,000 for irresponsible local governments and school boards and state governments making deals for outrageous pensions of its employees.
The solution is to get rid of cowards that are our elected officials and electing ones willing to make changes rather that go with the status quo. Having the unions take pay cuts and paying a fair share of their outrageous pensions are what is causing the downfall of California.
And people and businesses are leaving the state in droves because of it. You can't charge someone for leaving. That is ridiculous and something only a bureaucrat or union leader would love.
Posted by Fred, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Anyone leaving this state owes us and should pay a fee before they exit. For those who stay both individuals and business's we need to assess if they are pYing anywhere close to what they should be paying.
Posted by owe california?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm
What a great idea - for everyone else. I'll be long gone if something like this threatens to take effect. I like California's weather, natural beauty, but that's about it. Sorry about those pensions - but that was obvious long ago - duh.