Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Calornia Propositions A-F election today, cont.

As a first follow-up, here's some quick arithmetic. The result is that Proposition 1A wants everyone in California to pay an additional $422 a year, on average.

Here's the breakdown. Proposition 1A's summary/analysis says that state tax revenues would rise by about $16billion a year through the 2012-13 year. So let's look at that number as 16,000,000,000. Wolframalpha.com says that California's population was 36.46 million in 2006, and increases by about 1.267% a year. So we'll take 36,460,000 and multiply by 1.01267 three times to compound to 2009. We get 37.86million, with a little rounding. Or we can write it 37,860,000. We'll cancel out three zeros from each number and divide. 16,000,000 / 37,860 = 422.61.

I think I know how I want to vote. That kind of marginal tax increase is very contractionary, as in the opposite of stimulative. And in California it's about wealth creation and getting the economy going again. Or rather, it should be.

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