Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

APRIL 27, 2012 6:31PM

The Great California Exodus

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Just further confirmation of the departure of MILLIONS of CA residents to other states.

EXCERPT:   Nearly 4 million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states.
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Economic Issues

April 26, 2012

The Great California Exodus

For decades, California was regarded as the domestic paradise of the United States, lush with beautiful views and ample resources.  This no longer seems to be the case.  While many insist that those who reside in California are among the happiest in the country, studies show that Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

In an interview with demographer Joel Kotkin, the Wall Street Journal found that this exodus of California residents is enormous in scale -- with potentially profound impacts.

  • Nearly 4 million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states.
  • This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving.
  • According to Kotkin, most of those leaving are between the ages of 5 and 14 or 34 to 45; in other words, young families.

Mr. Kotkin's analysis has found that the driving factors behind families' decisions to move to states like Nevada and Texas include:

  • State and local government restrictions on development have artificially limited housing supply and put a premium on real estate in coastal regions.
  • The cap-and-trade law AB32 will raise the cost of energy and drive out manufacturing jobs without making even a dent in global carbon emissions.
  • The renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a third of the state's energy come from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020, will further raise California's already-high electricity prices.
  • The state government's corporate tax structure earned it the designation of having the "48th worst business tax climate" in the country by the Tax Foundation.
  • Individual income taxes also tower high, with those making more than a million dollars paying a top rate of 10.3 percent -- the third highest in the country.

According to Kotkin, these upwardly mobile families are fleeing in droves, leaving behind a permanent lower class and a lavish upper class.  This has resulted in the gradual shrinking of the middle class and an altogether dysfunctional social dynamic.

Source: Allysia Finley, "Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus," Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2012.

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