ATR SPORTS: Check out Grover Norquist's 2013 brackets, based on competitive tax climates.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist released his NCAA Tournament bracket today, picking the Miami Hurricanes to win the national championship. While President Obama's bracket proves he hasn't been able to step away from the campaign trail, with swing state schools from Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Wisconsin in his Elite 8, Norquist chose his most competitive teams based on states with the most competitive tax climates.
Some key takeaways from Grover's bracket:
• Miami beats Gonzaga in the championship game. While both hail from states that levy no income tax (Florida and Washington, respectively), the tiebreaker goes to Miami because of Florida's Right to Work status.
• Kansas is the one-seed in history to lose under Norquist's prediction, falling to 16-seed Western Kentucky. It's worth noting that Gov. Sam Brownback's proposed elimination of Kansas's income tax would not only propel the Jayhawks past the first round, but all the way to an Elite 8 matchup with Florida.
• Indiana, the top seed in the East, falls in the second round to Temple, thanks to Pennsylvania's 3.07 percent income tax rate compared to Indiana's 3.4 percent rate. It is worth noting, however, that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would win this matchup for the Hoosiers if his legislature would pass his proposed income tax cut, which would bring Indiana's flat rate to 3.06 percent and beat the Owls at the buzzer. If this were to somehow end up a tie, though, Indiana would still beat Temple on the strength of the state's Right to Work law, passed in 2012 while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett twiddled his thumbs.