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Why The Left And Others Fear Fundamental State Tax Reform

The 2016 election cycle is in full swing, and so is the campaign to scare citizens and policymakers away from honest examination of tax reform ideas across the states. According to a new analysis from the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council, the past state legislative session was a banner year for tax relief.

A record seventeen states substantially reduced their tax burdens on hardworking taxpayers — and supporters of the tax and spend model of governance are not happy.  A recent New York Magazine commentary sets up a faux Team Red v. Team Blue economic argument, challenging Team Red to “answer for what it did” to the Kansas economy as a result of tax reforms that began in 2012.

The author bases his charge on a mountain of false claims, but let’s first examine motivation.

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