Taxes do hurt employment

07/24/2014 6:07 PM

07/22/2014 8:57 AM

Re "Tax hikes didn't kill jobs" (Forum, July 20): I recall from years ago, statistics can mean anything you want them to, and that is exactly what David Cay Johnston attempted to accomplish in his article on job growth in California.

Johnston's premise was that those who predicted the state would incur a mass exodus of employees were wrong as California's job growth was 2.8 percent against the national average of 1.8 percent. At first blush, that sounds great and is a plus for the argument that high taxes don't impede job growth, but it is just plain false.

First, the state's tax revenue for personal income tax collections took in only $6 billion in 2013, compared to $7.5 billion in 2012. Secondly, our job market was still below 2007. Finally, although most of the job growth is above $15 an hour, that is still at poverty level for anyone residing in California.

-- David L. Rice, Torrance

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