That is what happened in San Francisco, where voters passed a wealth tax beyond efforts for the state or federal level. It is described as an “overpaid executive tax” which would apply to those firms in the city which pay their officers more than 100 times the median worker salary. While decisions on whether to enact tax hikes are best left to local residents instead of to the bureaucrats in Sacramento or the District of Columbia, the new wealth tax in San Francisco could now create unintended negative effects, including a significant exodus of rich earners who move out of the city.
The Bay Area is home to the widest income gap in California. Those local residents in the top 90th percentile earned over 12 times more than those local residents in the bottom 10th percentile. The combination of historic market policies and current socialist policies established such separation of classes in the state. The success of the technology industry in tandem with high tax rates and building restrictions created this situation where someone could earn over $100,000 a year and live in his car.
2021 marks 25-years since then-Treasurer Jim Douglas recommended that the state change its trajectory from costly “defined benefit” retirement plans for state employees and teachers to “defined contribution” plans. Eleven years ago, in 2009, a special commission suggested a consideration of this same idea. I have previously written about our pressing need to consider a defined contribution option, as well as the “sleeping giant” of our unfunded liabilities.
Unfortunately, since the time I wrote my opeds in 2019, Vermont’s unfunded liabilities have ballooned from $4.5 billion to more than $5 billion.
“I get that people think it’s funny when bad things happen to Wall Street types, but this GameStop GME, -44.29% thing is not a joke,” I tweeted. “These are stock traders conspiring to manipulate the markets in open view of us all and using the ‘nah, its for the lulz, and the other side sucks’ as an excuse.”
You may think it’s funny to value GameStop like it’s 2007 again and hurt some hedge funds in the process, but you might not think the next target is funny, nor the next, nor the next. You won’t laugh when you read the eventual feature about a teenager misplaying GameStop options on his dad’s account and costing them the house, or a first-time investor putting their savings into GameStop just before it all fell apart.
Description: Author Ivonne Rovira argues that House Bill 258 filed by Kentucky state rep Ed Massey to create a new pension tier for teachers in the Kentucky TRS gives lower benefits and is a divide-and-conquer political strategy. Rovira is the research director for the statewide organization Save Our Schools Kentucky.