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California Leads the Way: Worst State for Business

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Another survey, another “winner” for California. Every three years Development Counsellors International publishes a survey: A View from Corporate America: Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing. Among the many results in the survey are the five best and worst states for business.

Here are the five best states for businesses:

1. Texas
2. North Carolina
3. South Carolina
4. Tennessee
5. Florida

And here are the five worst states for businesses:

50. California
49. New York
48. Illinois
47. New Jersey
46. Michigan

This survey shouldn’t shock anyone. The five worst states are known for high taxes, high regulations, and a miserable business climate. Meanwhile, the five best states are known for low taxes, low regulations, and a favorable business climate. Shocking, no?

Knocked Out From New York

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I’m not a boxing fan. For those of you who are, you’ll recognize Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as big names in the sport. Those two boxers will fight in the Spring of 2010.

Newsday asked boxing promoter Bob Arum if Yankee Stadium was being looked at for the fight. “No chance,” Arum told Newsday. “Nothing would please me more than to have it at Yankee Stadium, but the way the tax structure in New York is set up, it’s impossible.”

Taxes matter. Apparently the prime candidate for the match is the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas, of course, doesn’t have a state income tax.

California, Nevada, and Texas

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

A California State Assemblyman is upset with the ads that the Nevada Development Corporation is running. California is golden, and Nevada is silver. Why would any business leave? Here’s Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s (D-Anaheim) response:

Before I comment on that, there’s also a great op-ed piece in the Dallas News about the difference between California and Texas. One state is gaining business and one is, well, issuing IOUs. Hint: California isn’t the golden state in comparison to Texas.

As for Assemblyman Solorio, he may want to watch these two short spots.

It’s one thing to say, “California is great.” Can Assemblyman Solorio deny that it costs far more for a business to operate in the Golden State than it does in the Silver State? Unfortunately, everything in the Nevada Development Authority’s advertisements is true.

No Pole Tax in Texas

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I’m not talking about a poll tax, but a pole tax as in strip clubs. Travis County (Texas) Judge Scott Jenkins ruled that the $5 admissions tax to Texas strip clubs was unconstitutional as a violation of freedom of expression under the First Amendment.

The sponsor of the legislation, State Representative Ellen Cohen (D-Houston) plans on reviving this “cutting-edge legislation.” As Joe Kristan noted on Roth Tax Updates given that the goal of this program was to tax an enterprise with a higher ratio of women who work in it, I’m sure that Rep. Cohen will look to add additional taxes to nursing, day care, teachers, and manicurists. Yeah, right….

Dallas City Hall Scandal Features Tax Evasion

Monday, October 1st, 2007

A 166-page indictment was unsealed today in Dallas charging 16 individuals with bribery, receiving kickbacks, and tax evasion. The individuals, including State Representative Terri Hodge (D-Dallas), former Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Hill, and others face long terms at ClubFed if convicted on all counts.

The investigation, according to this report in the Dallas Morning-News, began 27 months ago when Mr. Hill’s then City Hall office was raided by federal agents. US Attorney Richard Roper described the scheme as a “complex bribery and extortion scheme.”

Mr. Hill told the Morning-News that he, and the others, are innocent. “We’re not guilt of any of the things alleged here…We’re just going to prepare for the fight.”

The tax charges are listed in counts . Mr. Hill is accused of not timely filing tax returns from 2001-2004, and failing to file in 2005 & 2006. His evasion allegedly totals over $200,000. Darren Reagan is accused of evading over $100,000 in taxes. (The more serious charges are the bribery, extortion, and fraud charges.)

All-in-all, the Dallas political scene received a jolt today. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.