I love so many things about you. The sunny weather of Los Angeles. The beautiful lights of San Francisco. The seaside breeze of San Diego. The quaint charm of Santa Barbara. I love your food and people and even your moniker, the Golden State. And I think Arnold has a legitimate claim to the title “America’s Toughest Governor.”
But… as a denizen of the Golden State, might I just offer a couple suggestions for improvement?
First, what is up with your taxes? 9.3% state income tax, then up to a 8%+ sales tax? Sure, you’ve got low property taxes, but let’s be serious. A low property tax won’t help if I can’t even afford the property.**
Can’t you offer some relief to us working folks? How about a state tax deduction for 529 Plans? Lots of states do it already… isn’t it time that CA joined in the fun? You’ve got one of the preeminent public university systems in the UC, but let’s face it. Even for a public school, UC’s aren’t getting any cheaper.
**Where’s this impeding real estate bust that I’ve been reading about? Why is the 2-bedroom condo next to me still selling for $450,000 (down from $475,000!) even with a “motivated seller”?
Loyal (but over-taxed) Californian