Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Athletes join exodus from California

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods aren't the only pro athletes who have talked about moving out of California because of its confiscatory tax rates.

As Tony Lee of Breitbart reports:
Torii Hunter, who used to play for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, said he moved from California to Texas "because it doesn't have state income tax."

Venus and Serena Williams learned to play tennis in Compton, California. They now live in Florida. Female golfer Michelle Wie and her parents briefly lived in Palo Alto, California while she was attending Stanford. When she graduated, she moved to Florida.

But the higher taxes also hurt players who are not in the limelight.

Consider American Sam Querry. The 25-year-old tennis player, who is the second-highest-ranked American male tennis player in the world, does not have Mickelson's riches. But he moved from Thousand Oaks, CA to Las Vegas, Nevada, following his parents who left California because of its high income taxes. Pro golfer Nick Watney, according to the Journal, also left California to Nevada.
The whole story is here.

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