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Tax Increases Enacted by Democrat Governors Since 2011


Posted by Jorge Marin, Max Velthoven on Friday, May 9th, 2014, 11:30 AM PERMALINK


In a new report released today, Americans for Tax Reform has compiled all of the state tax increases enacted under Democrat governors since 2011. Key findings include the following:

  • Democrat governors have enacted over $58 billion in higher taxes since 2011.
  • This stands in stark contrast to Republican governors, who have signed over $38 billion in tax cuts into law since 2011.
     
  • By signing into law over $27 billion in higher taxes, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is the biggest tax hiker among Democratic governors.
     
  • Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is the second biggest tax hiker among Democrat governors, having raised taxes on Maryland residents by over $3 billion since 2011, and more than $11 billion since 2008.
     

For the compilation of tax increases enacted by Democratic governors since 2011, click here.

At the end of 2013, Americans for Tax Reform released the list of state tax cuts signed into law by Republican governors following the 2010 wave election that gave the GOP total political control of 24 states, and Democrats total control of 13 states. Republican governors have signed over $36 billion in tax relief into law since 2011. Meanwhile, during that same time, Democrat governors have enacted over $58 billion in higher taxes.  

Below is a list of the tax increases signed into law by Democrat governors over the last three years. It should be noted that many, but not all, Democrat governors have raised taxes. In fact, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) recently went against the Democratic governor grain by signing a corporate tax cut into law this year.

However, in general, Democrat governors have been increasing taxes in their states, while Republican governors have been moving in the opposite direction. With some of the politicians on this list considering a White House run, this is a compilation worth saving.

This figure includes the 2012 tax increases championed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, but approved by voters. When counting only tax increases that were signed into law without voter approval, Democratic governors have enacted $40 billion in higher taxes since 2011.

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