quote: This comes off as extortion to me.
quote: the state NEEDS to do something about its unfriendliness to businesses.
quote: Is the change the result of the business climate or the economic climate in general?
quote: , in the last 10 years, 2.2 million more tax payers left the state than entered.
quote: Leaving or folding? And yes companies move about in good economic times. Again, without national data how do you put CA's data into context?
quote: you must hand over a certain percentage of your gross revenue to the state (around 1% for most businesses)
quote: For such a liberal state, the tax codes are a bit regressive. It obviously isn't perfect, but hopefully a bit more business friendly.
quote: And with the 5.4 businesses per week leaving California so far this year up from 1 business per week in 2009, the state NEEDS to do something about its unfriendliness to businesses.
quote: I think Amazon is being nice here, if it was me, I would've given them the middle finger and stayed away.
quote: Isn't that what this is doing? There's a reason local retailers are backing this - because it makes their local stores (that are employing Californian's) more price competitive with the online companies who are mostly employing people in other states.
quote: Just like AT&T, Amazon is holding jobs hostage so they can get more bonuses for their slimeball executives.
quote: it can't have anything to do with the piss poor customer service or crowded stores.
quote: Not all of the other 49 state governments spend beyond their means.
quote: It's worthy and deserved to blame the government for a lot, it's hardly accurate to act like they are the sole problem.
quote: They continue to create new problems like a 40 million dollar per year program where our tax money is used to fund illegal immigrant educations.
quote: How are all these states getting Amazon sales tax laws through the courts on these issues?
quote: In addition, Steinberg and other Democrats will create California jobs without the help of Amazon by proposing tax breaks for businesses, creating an economic development office and easing regulation.
quote: They want to tax Amazon but ease taxes on other businesses?
quote: Internet stores do have an unfair advantage.
quote: The state governments are losing several hundred dollars a year from me alone, and I'm sure there are more people like me.
quote: people who contribute nothing (illegals)
quote: But why aren't the white people who hire the illegals ever arrested?
quote: If there are no jobs, they will stop coming here.
quote: Of course it was thrown out after hispanic groups threatened to sue for reasons of racism.
quote: But in the end, it is harming local communities. Sales taxes pay for roads, schools, police, firemen, etc. And states shouldn't rely on the federal government to make up for that because it isn't the federal government's job.
quote: Internet stores do have an unfair advantage. Both lower overhead which results in lower prices as well as not collecting sales tax unless you live in a state where they have a presence.
quote: If CA spent more reasonably chances are it wouldn't even need a sales tax at all
quote: where companies hold "jobs" hostage for ransom.
quote: Honestly corporations is Europe aren't anywhere near as whiny, or employ as many lobbyists.
quote: We have some of the highest Corporate Tax rates in the world. How can businesses compete?
quote: Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes
quote: Welcome to the new America, where companies hold "jobs" hostage for ransom.
quote: I say if online stores are made to tax me, then charge my local sales tax and send the money to my local government. That way I at least get to have a say in how that money is wasted...er...spent.