Least populated states

topic posted Tue, November 8, 2005 - 9:13 AM by  Unsubscribed
Here are the stastics for the six least populated states (2000 Census)

45 Delaware 753,538
46 South Dakota 733,133
47 North Dakota 633,666
48 Alaska 619,500
49 Vermont 593,740
50 Wyoming 479,602

The best climates for these 6 are in Vermont and Delaware. However Delaware is a small state and has high property prices. Wyoming is the least populated and is a large state with lots of cheap land.

If we wanted to build a real city that existed year round and embraced the same ethics as Burning Man (minus the burning down of the city every year) we would have to develop some sort of economy that would allow the city's citizens to pay their applicable taxes.

Here are the respective tax laws by state:

Sales Taxes
State Sales Tax: 4% (prescription drugs exempt); counties have the option of adding up to 2% in additional taxes. There is a county lodging tax that varies from 2% to 4% and is added to the other sales taxes.
Gasoline Tax: 14 cents/gallon
Diesel Fuel Tax: 14 cents/gallon
Gasohol Tax: 14 cents/gallon
Cigarette Tax: 60 cents/pack of 20

Personal Income Taxes
No state personal income tax
Retirement Income Taxes: Not taxed, including that received from other states.

Property Taxes
Statutes limit property tax rate increases. For county revenue, the property tax rate cannot exceed 12 mills (or 1.2 percent) of assessed value. For cities and towns, the rae is limited to 8 mills (0.8 percent). With very few exceptions, state law limits the property tax rate for all governmental purposes. A June 2000 survey by the Wyoming Taxpayers Association found that the state's residential property tax rate of 0.735% of market value compares to an average of 1.4% for surrounding states and 1.2% to 1.5% average tax rate for all states, depending on the price of the home. Nominal property tax rates, or mill levies, vary widely among the over 400 separate government bodies in Wyoming that levy property tax.
Inheritance and Estate Taxes
There is no inheritance and the estate tax is limited and related to federal estate tax collection.



Sales Taxes
State Sales Tax: None
Gasoline Tax: * 24 cents/gallon
Diesel Fuel Tax: * 24 cents/gallon
Gasohol Tax: * 24 cents/gallon
(Local fuel taxes may add 1 to 3 cents)
Cigarette Tax: $1.18/pack of 20

Personal Income Taxes
Tax Rate Range: Low - 5%; High - 9%
Income Brackets: ** Lowest - $2,600; Highest - $6,500
Number of Brackets: 3
Personal Tax Credits: Single - $151; Married - $302; Dependents - $151
Additional Credits: Credit equal to 40% of federal credit
Standard Deduction: Single - $1,670; Married filing jointly - $3,345;
Additional Deduction: Single over 65 - $1,200; Married over 65 filing jointly $2,000
Medical/Dental Deduction: Full only for age 59 or older, if itemized.
Federal Income Tax Deduction: $5,000 ($2,500 if married filing separately)
Retirement Income Taxes: Federal income tax rules generally determine the amount of your pension that is taxed by Oregon. However, you may subract some pensions on your Oregon return that were taxed on your federal return. Pensions not taxed are Social Security benefits, Veterans Administration benefits and Railroad Board benefits. Oregon allows a subtraction for part or all of the payments you receive from the federal pension system. Generally, retirement income is subject to Oregon tax. A tax credit of up to 9% of taxable pension income is available to recipients of pension income, including most private pension income, whose household income was less than $22,5000 (single) and $45,000 (joint), and who received less than $7,500/$15,000 in Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits. The credit is the lesser of tax liability or 9% of taxable pension income.

Retired Military Pay: Federal retirees, including military personnel, may be able to subtract some or all of their federal pension income. This includes benefits paid to the retiree or to the surviving spouse. The subtraction amount is based on the number of months of federal service before and after October 1, 1991. Retirees can subtract their entire federal pension if all the months of federal service occurred before October 1, 1991. If there are no months of service before October 1, 1991, retirees cannot subtract any federal pension. If service included months before and after October 1, 1991, retirees can subtract a percentage of their pension income.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability Portion - Length of Service Pay; Member on September 24, 1975 - No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless combat incurred. Retired Pay - Based solely on disability: Member on September 24, 1975 - No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless all pay based on disability and disability resulted from armed conflict, extra-hazardous service, simulated war, or an instrumentality of war.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

Property Taxes
Oregon does not grant homeowners a homestead exemption. Tax rates are set by the counties and any special considerations are levied by county officials. Homeowners 62 or older may delay paying property taxes based on certain income criteria. The State offers a Disabled Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program and a Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program. Both deferral programs allow qualified taxpayers to defer payment of their property taxes on their homes. The state pays the taxes to the county, maintains the account, and charges 6% simple interest, which also is deferred. Taxes are owed when the taxpayer receiving the deferral dies, sells the property, ceases to live permanently on the property, or the property changes ownership.

To qualify for either program, the taxpayer must live on the property and have a total household income of less than $34,000 for the year before application. Participants may remain on either program as long as their federal adjusted gross income does not exceed that amount. If a participant's income exceeds the $34,000 limit, part of the taxes still may be deferred. Participants can come in and out of the programs if their income changes. In addition to meeting the income limitation and property ownership requirement, disabled persons must be receiving or be eligible to receive federal Social Security Disability benefits to qualify. Residents must be 62 years old or older to qualify for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program. Call 800-356-4222 or 503-376-4988 for details.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes
An Oregon inheritance tax return is required to be filed whenever a federal estate tax return (Form 706) is required to be filed. For a resident decedent, Oregon taxes real property and tangible personal property located in Oregon and intangible personal property wherever it is located. For a nonresident decedent, Oregon taxes real property, tangible personal property, and intangible personal property located in Oregon. An exemption is allowed for intangible personal property located in Oregon if a like exemption is allowed by the state of residence.

For further information, visit the Oregon Department of Revenue site or call 503-378-4988.

Here is a list of property tax incomie broken down by state:

Here is a list of tax laws by state:
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  • Re: Least populated states

    Tue, November 8, 2005 - 1:08 PM
    Wyoming sounds great, and hear South Dakota bad lands rock. SD may be more looked down upon as a destination, and that may be a plus. Still feel nonprofit is a good way around the money hungrey machine. All event with bring so much cash into their economy all they will have to worry about is bacon lol. No lets raise pigs. Anyone not able to contribute with the all mighty dollar can work off their room and board caring for the Buffalo too.
    Bad Lands;Freewil
    • Re: Least populated states

      Wed, November 9, 2005 - 3:07 AM
      Well, has anyone considered that getting a town established around an idea or ideal might entitle us to the same tax benefits that religious organizations get? At some point, it would be nice to take a stand, and just say...we don't want your services, and you can't have our labor. After all, the US government just squanders it on lunches for already rich men, and military projects ill-fated from design on.

      Least populated states might be a benefit in one sense, but they're also a drawback in that it restricts how quickly the permaculture could expand. Ultimately, if this town is good or better than surrounding areas at providing for its people's needs, then it will spread (albeit exterior forces have a significant effect on the success of its spread). If we're in a area where the majority of people are already comfortable and may not be inclined to agree with the ideals presented, then it would be an extremely limiting situation for what could otherwise be an important stepping stone between the unbridled hedonism of Burning Man, to a more constructive, functional, and permanent society capable of transcending current capitalist values.
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        Re: Least populated states

        Wed, November 9, 2005 - 7:58 AM
        I think we should go on the assumption that wherever Building Man builds it's city there are going to be some very unhappy locals who predated Building Man. Ultimately though, since this is meant to build a real city, it doesn't matter. All the people who move there will become voters of the locality where they are at and therefore will be able to vote in officials that believe as they do. In fact, in certain states, a Building Man community in the 10's of thousands would be able to get their own congress person, or even maybe a senator if the Building Man community grows to 100's of thousands.
        • Re: Least populated states

          Wed, November 9, 2005 - 4:29 PM
          I guess you're looking at this as an addition to the current system, where I am looking at it more as a catalyst (one of many) that will in the next few years help transform the current system.
      • Re: Least populated states

        Thu, November 10, 2005 - 8:56 AM
        They actually did that here in Iowa. It is for the center of transcendental meditation (yep, that is in Iowa). It's called Vedic City I believe near Fairfield, IA.
        • Re: Least populated states

          Thu, November 10, 2005 - 3:58 PM
          Cool...have you been there? Do you know how to contact them?
          • Re: Least populated states

            Fri, November 11, 2005 - 12:37 PM
            No, I have friends that goto the college there though. Maharishi School of Management. Need to go out there and visit someday soon. It is pretty cool because they are all from Europe and around the world going to this college in Iowa.
            • Re: Least populated states

              Fri, November 11, 2005 - 3:03 PM
              yeah -
              they have some cool shit there - i have never been - but i have a friend who is an MD and an Ayur Vedic practitioner -
              (and is from iowa originally) -
              he levitates - like this -
              ive seen it with my own eyes . . . .
              • Re: Least populated states

                Sun, November 13, 2005 - 10:26 AM
                A bit off topic here, but felt to be relevant and possibly somewhat important to share:

                Has your friend gone beyond "stage one"? When I checked out the link the picture looked like they were bouncing or hopping and when I read the article:

                The physical manifestations of the "Yogic Flying" vary with the practitioner. The Yoga Sutras of Mahrishi Patanjali describes three stages of immediately visible results. Stage One is generally associated with what would best be described as "hopping like a frog." Stage Two is flying through the air for a short time. Stage Three is complete mastery of the sky. The above photo and all "Yogic Flying" demonstrations to date depict Stage One results.


                I have heard of TM and the recent implementation of it's practices in public "high risk" schools. I checked out more of the site and found the presence of, and essentially support of, government links and programs, such as the NSA: feeling a bit questionable.

                There doesn't seem to be any updated information beyond this article, which is interesting in itself:

                Army General Offers President Bush
                Adjunct to Missile Defence Shield

                Top-Ranking Military Leader from India Proposes "Vedic Defence Shield" for Prevention of War and Terrorism

                A top-ranking army general, who helped lead the fight against terrorism in India for nearly three decades, came to Washington, D.C. September 10th, 2001 to speak at the Hay Adams Hotel, across the park from the White House, to offer President Bush an effective addition or alternative to his National Missile Defense Shield.

                It was posted a week before 9/11/01 and it quotes this:

                "Can you imagine if bombs began to fall on Washington, D.C., and to destroy the high-rises of the money markets of New York? Will NATO be able to prevent this?" - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from a full-page advertisement in The International Herald Tribune and other newspapers. Spring 1999

                With the awareness of information gathering on this country's own citizens, the probability of the governments complicitness in these "attacks of terrorism", the history of mind/body control experiments, the essential Police State that is ensuing, this all seems highly suspect.


                • Re: Least populated states

                  Sun, November 13, 2005 - 10:47 AM
                  yeah - its strange - ive read the patanjali stuff about it - he says by perfecting the technique you can really fly - ive always wondered if youd need to do the superman pose?
                  - id want to fly standing or sitting upright -

                  he hops - but with a lot of forward momentum - and there was this moment midhop that he really did appeared to defy gravity and float - one of the qualities associated with yogic flying is the big blissed out grin too . . .

                  what i wonder though - is if it really there to save the world - why is it so expensive to learn? - a woman i knew from india once told me that religous hindus in india dont take maharishi mahesh yogi seriously because TM is so expensive -
                  the idea that you charge someone money to theach them to meditate is absurd to them
                  i think the entry level TM course is a grand . . .
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                    Re: Least populated states

                    Sun, November 13, 2005 - 12:07 PM
                    Yes, this all seems highly suspect and does not feel to be of true intention.

                    This is a good topic, and I could go into it more, but doesn't feel appropriate for this thread. I posted my response here in The Info Bunker tribe and perhaps will post in Red Pill People tribe and perhaps a couple others as well for discussion on the possible trappings of "spiritual consumerism".
                    • Re: Least populated states

                      Sun, November 13, 2005 - 1:14 PM
                      That's funny. I've been doing that in my dreams since I was 14. I've gotten better too. I used to leap up and stay in the air a second or two. These days, I float around my dreams fairly often, suspended just a foot above the air. It's really fun. Maybe this is the dream.

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