A liberal application of campaign dollars helped bring the public employees’ union a tax victory in Oregon, and it didn’t take long for others to get the message.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association unveiled a plan to create two new income tax brackets, along with increases in capital gains and corporate taxes.
“There’s no good solution to furloughs, either this year or next year, without additional funding for the Department of Education. And the only way to do that is to increase revenues,” said Jim Williams, executive director of the HSTA.
If there are any demographics and economics researchers out there, now would be a good time to establish a tax benchmark in the 50 states – a snapshot of tax levels as these proposals gain traction. If they persist and spread, we should be able to track over time business and citizen movement across state lines and attribute the trends to the new tax rates. With tax hikes passed in Oregon, and now on the table in Hawaii, believe me, California will be next. It might be nice to know how this affects movement into Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Idaho and Montana.