"Anti-Tax" Conservatives Propose Shifting Tax Burden to Middle Class, Low-Income Families

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

Governors and lawmakers who call themselves "anti-tax" are kicking off new state legislative sessions by proposing drastic cuts or even the elimination of state income taxes — offset by increases in sales taxes that would hit the middle class and low-income families and which would do nothing to boost state economies: 

States with unified conservative control are looking at 2013 as an opportunity to "test" out ideas like eliminating income taxes and relying on sales taxes. [Reuters]

Proposed plans in Louisiana and North Carolina would "offset lost revenue by increasing the states’ flat sales taxes, shifting the burden to the poor." [Stateline]

In Kansas, even some conservatives are questioning Gov. Sam Brownback's "extreme" proposed tax cuts. [New York Times]

And Nebraskans aren't too sure about Gov. Dave Heineman's proposal to eliminate state and corporate income taxes, with some asking "where's the money coming from?" [KCAU]

Kentucky seniors may find themselves a new target for tax increases. [Stateline]

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on why replacing state income taxes with increased sales taxes makes no sense. [Off The Charts]


Read the full Dispatch from January 26, 2013 here.