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June 3, 2004

A Parting Shot

Wendell Powell, formerly of Cranston, had one last thing to say to the state of Rhode Island as he packed his bags:

I doubt there is any other collection of a million souls in this country who are as politically passive about being repeatedly raped as are the taxpayers of Rhode Island. As a couple, both of us on the north side of 65, with relatively high retirement income, we can no longer justify to ourselves (or our potential inheritors) paying an incremental $9,400 per year in combined state income and property taxes over what we will pay in Tennessee.

Of course, a surplus of citizens "on the north side of 65" is one of the difficulties that we face, politically. But I think Mr. Powell and his wife were probably not of the sort that we should prefer to lose.

Posted by Justin Katz at June 3, 2004 10:46 PM