Millions flee California because of progressive tax system?
California has lost billions of dollars in revenue in recent years as businesses and residents flee the state, in part because other states have a more favorable business climate.
According to one estimate, 254 businesses across a variety of industries moved all or some of their jobs out of state last year.
California has both the highest state deficit in the country and the highest personal income tax.
Silicon Valley, a unique business center thought to be particularly resilient to economic downturn, has also responded to the poor business conditions. In 2005, for example, Intel decided to build a multi-billion dollar chip-making facility in Arizona because of the state’s favorable corporate income tax system.
Utah and Texas have stolen skilled technology workers from California-based companies like Oracle, Adobe and Apple.
Small business owners are also increasingly trying to move to other states to avoid high taxes and cut costs.
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