Monday, January 1, 2018

Don't Let Phil Goff Read This

Let me wish all my Auckland friends a happy New Year.

To cheer you up, here's a story about rate payers in another city who are ten times worse off than you.  Yes, you've got it easy compared with the people of Chicago where, for the last four years, both rich and poor citizens have been leaving in droves.   Why?  Because the Mayor keeps taking their money.

The Sun-Times reports that Chicago resident have faced more than $1 billion in tax hikes in recent years to fund public employee pensions. Last year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added a 30 percent tax on water and sewer bills to raise revenue for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund. He now seeks a 28 percent increase in a monthly tax on phone bills in order to fund the Laborers Pension fund. Lawmakers have pushed soda taxes and taxes for indoor plumbing, and the city is also looking to aggressively issue fines for everything from illegal panhandling and illegal parking to noise violations, street peddling, failing to shovel snow and operating a business without a license.

This is what happens when your city is run by unabashed socialists like Goff.

So, dear Aucklanders.  When you burden gets too heavy, where do you go.  When your annual rates increase by another $500 and you house prices tumble by $250k where will you find refuge?

Don't even think about moving to Australia.  Here the state governments are expert at putting their hands into your wallets.   Western Australia is probably the best of a poor bunch and South Australia undoubtedly is the worst.

I reckon you might do a lot worse than just slip up the road to Whangarei.



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fake news...... https://www.taxrates.com/state-rates/illinois/cities/chicago/

The all over sales tax (GST) is 10.25% which is in line with other States. How much GST do New Zealandrs pay?. The rise in the telephone tax works out at $1 a month.....big deal.

The infrastructure of large cities around the world where tax has been sacrificed for political power is costing more to maintain due to lack of investment.

I too would encourage like minded people to emigrate to Whangarei.

Lord Egbut

Psycho Milt said...

This is what happens when your city is run by unabashed socialists like Goff.

Er, no. What happens when socialists are running things is that there's a universal pension scheme that works properly, eg in NZ and various European countries. What happens when socialists are not running things is clusterfucks like the USA's completely broken social welfare system.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt, how's that pension scheme in Venezuela going?

Maybe you can give me a hint as to why people from the thriving Republican governed states are not flocking to the glorious paradise that is Chicago.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The dickhead who was banned again for abusive conduct, only one week after a general amnesty, put up a link from a virulent anti-trump site, blaming Chicago's decline on an exodus of ILLEGAL Mexican immigrants.

Funny thing is, this fool could start his own blog and fill it with vitriol but nobody would read it.

Anonymous said...

Saw that post before it was squashed......in the interests of fairness it should be read. https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/03/behind-chicagos-population-decline/520611/

CityLab is not anti Trump, I think that was wishful thinking. Read about it here

https://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/citylab-2017/2017/

Nick

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Nick, If it isn't anti-Trump then it's doing a mighty good impersonation.

And now, here for our twice losing, twice banned friend is some more reliable information from the WSJ.

"Of the seven states that grew the fastest between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, four (Nevada, Washington, Florida and Texas) have no income tax, and the other three (Idaho, Utah and Arizona) have low taxes.

On the flip side, high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Rhode Island either lost residents or stagnated. Pennsylvania quietly became the fifth-most-populous state in the nation, displacing Illinois.

When people move, they take their money with them. The five high-tax states listed above have lost more than $200 billion of combined adjusted gross income since 1992, according to the website HowMoneyWalks.com, which aggregates IRS data. In contrast, Nevada, Washington, Florida and Texas gained roughly the same amount."

Anonymous said...

Now you are confusing cities with States..Washinton DC amongst others allows it's cities to charge independently. The largest state tax is California at 13.3% next door in "tax free" Nevada the city of Reno has a sales tax of 8.2%. Care to rewrite your post.

Nick

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Nick

The post referred to income tax not sales tax.

David said...

Last year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added a 30 percent tax on water and sewer bills to raise revenue for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund. He now seeks a 28 percent increase in a monthly tax on phone bills in order to fund the Laborers Pension fund. Lawmakers have pushed soda taxes and taxes for indoor plumbing, and the city is also looking to aggressively issue fines for everything from illegal panhandling and illegal parking to noise violations, street peddling, failing to shovel snow and operating a business without a license.

Not finding the words "income tax" in your post.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Blind as well as tedious.

David said...

So where is my error? Your post does not contain the words "income tax". re-read it if you don't believe me.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

See the extract from WSJ.

""Of the seven states that grew the fastest between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, four (Nevada, Washington, Florida and Texas) have no income tax, and the other three (Idaho, Utah and Arizona) have low taxes."

David said...

The post referred to income tax not sales tax.

No, the post did no such thing.; You added that in a comment. Please learn to tell the difference.