Wisdom of taxing rich questioned

CAJ note: One of our favorite sayings by Glenn Beck is, “No poor person ever gave me a job.”

Paterson, others say newest increases likely to end up driving people out of state

By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press
Thursday, September 24, 2009
TimesUnion.com

ALBANY — This year, the deep pockets of New York’s rich were tapped like never before. The state’s wealthiest pay new higher income tax rates, higher taxes for limousines and yachts, more to enter a horse in a race and more to dabble in real estate.

Meanwhile, many are losing millions from the closing of business tax loopholes and those making over $1 million are losing tax deductions others get.

Now, early revenue figures suggest that taxing the wealthy more under this year’s state budget may have driven away richer New Yorkers. That could make the economic comeback for the state even harder.

“You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich,’ ” Gov. David Paterson said Wednesday at a gathering of newspaper editors at an Associated Press event in Syracuse. “We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.”

“People aren’t wedded to a geographic place as they once were. It’s a different world,” New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said.

Read more at Times Union of Albany

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