Calif. lawmakers split on Mickelson’s tax comment

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Phil Mickelson at the British Open Golf Championship, July 2012 (AP Photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers reacted with an “I told you so” after golf champion Phil Mickelson said he might leave California because voters approved higher income taxes on the wealthy.

The four-time major champion said higher state and federal taxes will take 60 percent of his income.

California lawmakers split upon reliably partisan lines in offering reaction Tuesday. Republicans said they expect more high-earners to follow, while Democrats said multimillionaires can afford to pay more.

Voters in November approved Proposition 30, which boosts taxes on income over $250,000 a year for seven years.

Mickelson’s comment recalls the ongoing spat between the French government and actor Gerard Depardieu, who has acquired a Russian passport and said he would move to Belgium to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax on the wealthy.

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