Along with the budget battles in Washington, D.C., most states face bitter fights over taxing and spending—struggles that highlight the huge differences between Democrats and Republicans.
USA Today cites numerous states in which Democrat-controlled legislatures want to hike tax burdens substantially—including New York, New Hampshire, Hawaii and New Jersey, where the governor wants the top state rate increased to 10.25 percent.
Meanwhile, GOP legislative leaders want to spur recovery by lowering taxes—with bold plans in North Dakota, Texas, Georgia and other states. In Georgia, the legislature cut business and capital gains taxes to create jobs. Republican Senate leader Chip Rogers said, “We’re trying to create a contrast to the overspending and overtaxing in DC.” Those who ignore the profound differences between the two parties need to examine partisan battles in our state capitols.