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March 04, 2019
MLB's Bryce Harper Chooses Philly Over LA/SF Because of Taxes
Bryce Harper was the most sought after free agent in baseball this offseason. It's safe to say there was a bit of a bidding war for his talents. Which tends to happen if you're good at what you do, an unfamiliar concept to any errant socialist meandering around this site looking for something to bitch about. Anyhoo, Harper decided to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies over the California baseball teams that were all in the mix. It wasn't just the cheesesteaks that caused Bryce to sign. It was also the lower taxes.
A report from NBC Bay Area’s Alex Pavlocic suggests that there was indeed a bidding war for Harper’s services and that California state taxes may have played a role in the outcome...state taxes in California would have required the Giants [or Dodgers, or Padres] to offer significantly more to compete in terms of money that actually ends up in Harper’s bank account.
Let's do the math: 3% income tax in Pennsylvania vs over 13% in California will lend itself to more cash in Bryce's wallet (see California Democrats: Trump Cut Business Taxes? We’ll RAISE THEM! and Nancy Pelosi Rips Lower Middle Class Taxes, Employee Bonuses). Harper's deal was for $330 million. That extra $33 million that's staying in his bank accounts instead of going to California politicians who think misgendering someone is worse than transmitting AIDS makes a huge difference. Can't say we blame him.
This is where leftists usually cry "but he's making enough money! HE SHOULD GIVE HIS FAIR SHARE AND NOT BE SO GREEEEEEEDDDDDDY"
It doesn't matter how much he's making, you swamp things. What matters is it's HIS money. If he wants to flush $10m down a golden toilet, that's his choice. $3.3M is plenty to help pay for the bridges and roads Harper will be using to drive to baseball games. Philadelphia will get it now. California can stick itself with homeless heroin needles.
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