Parece que aquilo anda muito mortiço. Não se compram Mercedes por $250.000, fica-se pelos de $70.000; as casas que se vendem são as de $2 milhões ou menos. Enfim, a vida está dura para aquela malta. Em 2015, decidiram aumentar os e houve uns não-pobres que se foram embora para a Florida, onde não há imposto estatal sobre o rendimento. Diz a peça:
The median annual household income is $135,000 -- compared with $56,516 nationally. Residents paid more state income taxes in 2014, the last year for which data are available, than in any other municipality in Connecticut.
The tax rate, by the way, is a sore point, and possible reason behind the departure of the likes of Paul Tudor Jones and Thomas Peterffy, who switched their permanent residences to Florida. The state income tax there is zero.
In 2015, Connecticut boosted the income tax for individuals making more than $500,000 and couples above $1 million to 6.99 percent from 6.7 percent. Levies on luxury goods rose to 7.75 percent from 7 percent on cars over $50,000, jewelry over $5,000 and clothing or footwear over $1,000.
Sternlicht said at a conference two weeks ago that this was why he relocated to the sunshine state. “We used to have no taxes,” he said wistfully, recalling Connecticut before it enacted its income tax in 1991.