Latest U-Haul Index Shows Californians Leaving for Texas. It’s easy to see why they’re fleeing. Tax burdens: California – 12%, National Average – 10%, Texas 8%. It shouldn’t be long before Governor Moonbeam finds out his $30 billion tax increase on the wealthy isn’t going to do him much good because no one will be left to pay it.

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deepthinker November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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Texas is growing so fast with the influx from everyone trying to escape liberal land, it could charge an entrance fee.

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Tags, title and license fees do just that and you got the right idea. No state income tax but a sales tax of 6.25% is a little high comparatively.

http://www.salestaxinstitute.com/resources/rates

That Guy November 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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But at least with the sales tax you’re only paying a tax on what you spend, not what you earn. I’ve lived in Texas all my life and that 6.25% isn’t bad at all.

poppajoe49 November 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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Florida has a 6% sales tax and no income tax, but most, if not all the counties have an extra sales tax added on to the state one. In my county, it’s 1%, others are as much as 1.5%.
6.25% sounds good to me.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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6.25% huh? That’s just a little over half of what I pay in sales tax here. Not to mention I’ve paid as much as 11% in state income taxes here. If I made the same money there as I do here, it would be like a huge raise.

poppajoe49 November 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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I know. I moved to FL from NJ, and disposed of the state income tax and 1+% of sales tax. Not quite as big a raise as if I had moved out of California, but still a raise.

RobertW November 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

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so things cost pretty much the same in Fl. as they do in NJ?

poppajoe49 November 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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Housing is a little cheaper in FL, property taxes are way cheaper, as is auto insurance, homeowners insurance is much higher.
Most consumer goods, food, clothing, etc, are about the same.

RobertW November 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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property taxes are way cheaper, as is auto insurance, homeowners insurance is much higher.

prolly cuz of all the hurricanes and whatnot.

(edit) woot I learned how to italicize!

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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Well, there goes the neighborhood. I hope it is the conservatives fleeing the new liberal country of California. Texas is bigger than it used to be…more electoral votes.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

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It’ll be a Libertarian leaving when I bug out.

kevindf November 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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California will start charging an exit tax like the banana republics do.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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You mean, the OTHER banana republics?

Elrond Hubbard November 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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Californians fleeing the Golden State are welcome to Texas (or any other state), just leave your California attitudes behind.

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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Don’t move to the country and start wanting to change the country into the city either!

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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The pound has to have a $100 fee to turn in a stray animal. My wife told me that people have been letting out strays at my place. So now she is trying to find homes for strays in this economy.

RobertW November 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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seems like you could have a ready source of food available.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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Sell the meat to Obama.

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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I would like to know where these people think they are going to find work?

poppajoe49 November 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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They can always telecommute.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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I’m retired.

StrinaM November 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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As long as they aren’t progressives who flee then try to change Texas into what they left in California.

RKae November 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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I’ll bet that’s exactly what is happening. They’re most likely your average California idiots who have not learned their lesson.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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There will be some of those, but mostly later, when the handouts are cut back. For now, it is the productive class, who are beginning to see that this is a waste of time.

Ruben November 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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By and large, Californians will prove the death of Texas. They move in but fail to check their political baggage at the border.

Ask any of the old school Oregonians or Washingtonians who were around in 1970s and 80s during The Great Migration North. Now look at those states.

ooddballz November 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

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Yup, lived in Portland OR in the earl/mid 80′s. it was a nice place until the Californians “discovered” it.
Even Bud Clark was more eccentric and colorful than damaging. He actually seemed to CARE about the city. (or that was my impression at the time)

Ruben November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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Precisely.

Dragonfish November 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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70′s-80′s? I remember the ‘Don’t Californicate Washington’ bumper stickers of the mid 60′s. The Great Migration North started during Boeing’s expansion in the early 60′s (start of the SST era), slowed way down and reversed when Seattle almost closed down in 68-69.
Started back up in the late 70′s, thanks to Microsoft and the exodus from Cali after the gas crunch.

Ruben November 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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Glad you remember there was a lot of that in the 1960s. I don’t because I was too young and unaware. It would have been dishonest of me to claim anything more than my memories of the 70s and 80s.

Thanks for adding, Dragonfish!

drb November 24, 2012 at 3:40 am

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

(unless it’s the conservatives…then it’s ok)

Not so silent November 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

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You Texans do need to be careful, perhaps a liberal checkpoint on the border. For years these loony lib turds have invaded Washington, Oregon and Colorado and look what happened in those states, They are now Libturd land cause all these morons from Kalifornia know better of course.

If I were in Texas, the only people I would allow would be card carrying conservatives, NRA members, with a JOB, who can support themselves. Turn back the liberals at the border and send them to New Mexico.

Kalifornia is screwed up beyond belief. I want outta here but have to wait a year or two then I am gone. Probably back to the family farm in North Dakota where liberals are given a mean look and a suggestion on how to move out of the state and in a hurry by large guys who carry concealed. :)

Ruben November 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

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“For years these loony lib turds have invaded Washington, Oregon and Colorado and look what happened in those states…”

I lived through the Oregonian nightmare. Now, I’m trying to survive the Colorado reality.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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Check for Obama stickers on their cars. If there IS one, tell them there’s no more room in Texas. It’s ok, they’ll believe it. They’re liberals.

Ruben November 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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Glad you brought up the bumper stickers. Anecdotal as this may risk sounding, they’re out in greater numbers now that the election has been (ahem) won. Could hardly find them BEFORE, but now more are starting to show up on cars. It’s as if Obamazombs were ashamed to let themselves be known, given where the polls were.

Good thing for them that 104% and 108% of registered voters showed up in Pitkin and Gilpin counties and carried it for their messiah.

RobertW November 25, 2012 at 12:14 am

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I always thought the ‘o’ would make a nice target, y’know aim small, miss small. but i’m legally prohibited from owning a firearm. that being said, one (such as I) can covertly approach and engage with, oh, idk, say maybe a blowgun or somesuchwhatnotish type dealy bopper, not that I’D EVER DO SUCH A THING, NOR, ENCOURAGE (incite) OTHER LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS to such anarchistic activities as evidenced by the good ppl of the “push-cart war.”

just assayin’ to say. :D

Dragonfish November 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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From the 1860′s to the 1880′s (at least) the immigrants from the north were called ‘Carpetbaggers’.
From the 1970′s-80′s they were called ‘Snowbirds’.
Now, with the influx from Cali, what should their name be? Calbatrosses?
referenced from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross_%28metaphor%29