January 25, 2015

RIGHTWING ORTHODOXY TODAY IS TO MAINTAIN TAXES ON INCOME:

Republican Governors Buck Party Line on Raising Taxes (ADAM NAGOURNEY and SHAILA DEWAN, JAN. 24, 2015, NY Times)

At least eight Republican governors have ventured into this once forbidden territory: There are proposals for raising the sales tax in Michigan, a tax on e-cigarettes in Utah, and gas taxes in South Carolina and South Dakota, to name a few. In Arizona, the new Republican governor has put off, in the face of a $1 billion budget shortfall, a campaign promise to eliminate the unpopular income tax there.

"It's not based on partisanship; it's based on common sense and good government," said Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican who has urged voters to support a ballot measure that would raise $1.9 billion by increasing the sales tax and gas tax. "We've been underinvesting in Michigan for some time, so I view it as a way to, long term, save us resources."

Republican governors are now in office in 31 states -- the highest number since 1998 -- and they have certainly not stepped away from the party's bedrock platform of smaller government and lower taxes. Indeed, some of the proposed tax increases, like one from the governor of South Carolina, are part of broader proposals that would result in net tax reductions, usually by cutting income taxes.

What do partisans care for common sense and good government?  The transition from taxing income to taxing consumption is occurring with or without them.
Posted by at January 25, 2015 7:54 AM
  

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