Finally, some real help for California!

Geoffrey Manne —  27 January 2010

Oregonians, my fellow residents of the Beaver State (and, by the way, the only state in the Union with a different image on each side of its flag), voted yesterday to increase top marginal income tax rates and corporate tax rates, including minimum corporate tax rates and the addition of a tax on gross receipts.  I’m still waiting for Paul Krugman to decry the anti-stimulus measure, but I doubt it will happen (he’s a partisan hack, you know).  But there is a “bright” side: Capital (human and otherwise) flight from Oregon to its neighbors (including income-tax-free Washington to the North and foundering behemoth California to the South) will help those states with their economic troubles!  <sarcasm>And fewer people and less economic activity in Oregon will be good for spotted owl habitat, after all</sarcasm>.  I just hope the local beer industry survives.  I don’t know what I’d do without the ability to drown my sorrows in a few bottles of Terminal Gravity IPA.

Geoffrey Manne


President & Founder, International Center for Law & Economics

One response to Finally, some real help for California!


    By the way–I didn’t vote, and it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference if I had.