Most of the time I’m proud to be a Californian. Not so much this year.
My last paycheck was lower than normal. A benefit of being salaried is there there isn’t much fluctuation with pay and I didn’t have a pay cut. It wasn’t a surprise because my company warned us. I have the State of California to thank for the decrease.
The state decided employers had to withhold 10% more than usual for all wage-earners. It’s not a tax increase because our annual tax bills don’t change. When Mr. Boomer and I file our tax return next year we’ll either get a bigger return or a lower taxes owed bill. However I, and others, interpret this as a forced interest-free loan to the state.
It seems pretty chicken shit of our government to take more even for a few months while so many are suffering. Only 3 states have a higher unemployment rate in the nation and many families are struggling to make ends meet.
Although I find this tactic annoying the few dollars a payday don’t impact my budget much. I am outraged for those that may have to give up one day of driving a week or have one more meatless meal a week. People are making real sacrifices due to job loss, higher prices and upside-down mortgages. I don’t see the state making any.
This interest free loan to the state is on top of city and state cutbacks resulting is less services (parks, teachers and libraries to name a few). The state budget is still awash in red ink. Where and when will it end?
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