Re "Arena at Plaza possible win-win" (Page A1, Feb. 3): There are many reasons why, if I were a Kings owner or player, I would rather be in Seattle. First, the economy of Seattle is much more vibrant, allowing for more sales of tickets and memorabilia and, for players, more opportunities for endorsements. Second, Washington has no state income tax, whereas California taxes 13 percent for millionaires; that's a big deal for owners and players. Third, visiting teams pay no income taxes in Seattle, but have to pay California taxes for games played in the state, meaning other team owners would benefit by avoiding California. Fourth, workers' compensation rates and unemployment insurance rates are much higher in California for all employees, not just players.
California is becoming much less competitive because of the government's "somebody else pays" policies.
-- John Regli, Sutter Creek