New York’s most famous billionaire, Donald Trump, is furious over his state’s proposed “millionaires’ tax.”
He hasn’t yet said he would leave the state, but he did place an angry phone call to New York Gov. David Paterson to complain about the plan to impose new taxes on residents earning more than $500,000 a year.
“It’s very dangerous, what’s going on in Albany,” Trump — host of the hit TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” — told New York Post columnist Linda Stasi after his call to Paterson.
“Rich people are going to leave this state. Why should they pay New York State taxes on money they made out of state?”
He added: “I told the governor, everyone is going to move to Palm Beach [Fla.], the nicest place in the world, where there is no income tax!”
Asked by Stasi if he would be leaving New York, Trump replied: “No comment. And you know what that means.”
Trump, of course, lives part-time at his world famous Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, so finding new permanent digs in a state with no income tax would be easy.
Trump’s tirade against New York’s vampire-like tax squeeze came on the heels of last week’s announcement by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh, who resides in Florida, but occasionally broadcasts from New York and pays taxes when he doesn’t, vowed to sell all his Manhattan property and shut down his operations in New York. He is threatening to move them to Texas, another state with no income tax.
“I'll sell my apartment. I'll sell my condominium. I'm going to get out of there totally,” Rush said.
Limbaugh usually broadcasts from Palm Beach County but said he may need another location to broadcast from in case of hurricanes.
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