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North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest, Who Is Challenging Governor Roy Cooper, Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, 7:07 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R-NC) for becoming the first and so far only candidate running for Governor in North Carolina who has ruled out tax hikes if elected this November.

By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to North Carolinians (not ATR) to oppose and veto any and all efforts to pass a net tax hike, Dan Forest has demonstrated the stark contrast between him and his opponent, incumbent Governor Roy Cooper, when it comes to taxes.

While Governor Roy Cooper has made clear that he would ratchet up income and other tax rates if only he had a Democrat-run General Assembly that would send such bills to his desk, Lt. Governor Dan Forest, by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, has made clear that tax hikes will be a non-starter and off the table in the Old North State if voters put him in the Governor’s mansion in Raleigh this fall. 

Governor Roy Cooper has repeatedly stated and made clear that he would like to undo the personal and corporate income tax relief that has been enacted in North Carolina since Republicans took control of the General Assembly nearly a decade ago.

On January 1, 2019 North Carolina’s personal income tax rate dropped from 5.499% to 5.25%, while the state’s corporate rate dropped from 3.0% to 2.5%, the lowest corporate income tax rate among states that impose the levy. In the lead up to those income tax cuts last year, Governor Roy Cooper repeatedly urged state legislators to vote to stop that scheduled tax relief from taking effect. Fortunately for taxpayers, North Carolina lawmakers ignored Governor Cooper’s advice and went forward with that tax relief.

North Carolina is a presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial battleground state in 2020. In addition to that, there are import state supreme courts seats up for election, along with all of the state legislative races that will determine which party controls redistricting post-2020 in a state that will be adding a congressional district. When it comes to the gubernatorial race, North Carolina taxpayers will have a clear and stark choice.

“I applaud Lt. Governor Dan Forest for making this important commitment to North Carolina taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Governor Roy Cooper wants to undo the pro-growth tax reforms enacted in North Carolina in recent years, which have served as a model for the nation and allowed North Carolina families to keep billions of dollars in hard-earned income that would’ve otherwise gone toward government coffers. At the same time North Carolina lawmakers have returned billions to taxpayers, over the objections of Governor Cooper, North Carolina Republican legislators have smartly kept state spending in line with the rate of population growth and inflation. The result is that North Carolina, contrary to what Governor Cooper and his allies predicted, has realized repeated budget surpluses at the same time state lawmakers have returned billions to taxpayers, despite objections from Roy Cooper. 

"Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s pledge to taxpayers makes clear that unlike Governor Cooper - who wants to tear down the progress North Carolina has made with tax reform, school choice, and regulatory reform - Dan Forest would protect taxpayers and pursue pro-growth policies if elected governor.”

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South Carolina Begins 2020 With The Highest Income Tax Rate In The Southeast, But Some State Lawmakers Don’t Want The Year To End That Way

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, January 3rd, 2020, 2:48 PM PERMALINK

As the new year begins and most state lawmakers prepare to start new legislative sessions, South Carolina stands as one of the states most in need of rate-reducing tax reform in 2020.

Yes, South Carolina has been drawing people from other states around the country because the Palmetto State has a lot going for it. Yet South Carolina’s relative economic success has been occurring despite the state’s uncompetitive tax code, which imposes the region’s highest income tax rate on individuals, families, and small businesses.

Americans for Tax Reform sent a letter to South Carolina lawmakers today urging legislators to make 2020 the year they pass tax reform that significantly reduces the Palmetto State’s personal and corporate income tax rates. South Carolina’s 7.0% top personal income tax rate, which also applies to thousands of small businesses that file under the individual income tax system, stands above neighboring Georgia’s 5.75% top rate and North Carolina’s 5.25% flat income tax rate. South Carolina’s disadvantage relative to nearby Florida and Tennessee, to states with no income tax, is even greater.

In addition to bringing down the corporate and personal income tax rates, there are other changes that South Carolina lawmakers could include in a pro-growth tax reform package, such as a cut to, or elimination of the state’s business license tax.

The political stage has arguably never been more optimally set for lawmakers in Columbia to get much-needed tax reform done. Governor Henry McMaster (R), a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer, has made it clear he would like to see lawmakers send rate-reducing tax reform to his desk. Speaker Jay Lucas and other key lawmakers have also expressed an interest in making it so South Carolina no longer imposes the region’s highest income tax rate. On top of all of that, the state has a nearly $2 billion budget surplus, approximately half of which is reoccurring dollars.

If South Carolina lawmakers can’t get rate-reducing tax reform across the finish line this year, it’s hard to see when it will happen. In addition to enacting tax relief in 2020, the letter sent by ATR today also urges Palmetto State lawmakers to approve the sale of Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility that has racked up billions of dollars in debt, and to do so in a manner that will ensure ratepayers are not on the hook for that debt.

To learn more about how Santee Cooper accrued billions of dollars in debt, and why selling the utility is the only way to ensure ratepayers are not saddled with this debt, check out the new report released this week by the Palmetto Promise Institute.

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ATR's 2019 Naughty & Nice List

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019, 8:48 PM PERMALINK


Joe Biden: For promising “First thing I would do as President is eliminate the President’s tax cut.”


President Donald J. Trump: For delivering one of the strongest economies in history thanks to his signature piece of legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 



Bernie Sanders: For pushing “Medicare for All”. According to a report by the Urban Institute, a government takeover of healthcare would require a $32 trillion tax hike over the next decade. 




Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): For leading a coalition of 20 Senators urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to use his executive authority to end the inflation tax by indexing the calculation of capital gains taxes. 



Elizabeth Warren: For proposing a “wealth tax” that could double the size of the IRS. 



Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Republican members of the Texas legislature: For enacting property tax relief and referring an income tax prohibition to the ballot ultimately approved by voters.



Mitt Romney: For his ignorance, loudly proclaiming in the White House that adults don’t like flavored vapes. Adults respond



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: 187 judges.



42 Democrat Senators led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): For voting to give their wealthiest blue state taxpayers a massive federal tax break at the expense of the middle class. 



Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)For winning the fight to permanently ban earmarks.



Joe Biden: For saying “I would raise the corporate tax.”



Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R): For imposing a host of tax hikes, a vaping ban, and for leading the charge to impose a regional carbon tax through the Transportation Climate Initiative.



Governor Jay Inslee (D) and Democrats in the Washington legislature: For imposing massive tax hikes on businesses, which will cost residents of the Evergreen State jobs and opportunity. 



Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Republican members of the TN legislature: For enacting tax cuts this year and for expanding school choice with a new Education Savings Account program.



Michael Bloomberg: For his love of imposing tax hikes on the poor




Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (D): For pushing his progressive income tax hike measure onto the 2020 ballot.



Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)For consistently standing strong against socialist price controls on medicine. 



Pierre Delecto



Citizens Climate Lobby: Caught on tape admitting they “soft-pedal” carbon tax cost and complexity. 



Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and 28 other Senators: For reintroducing legislation that permanently repeals the death tax. 



Elizabeth Warren: For proposing a 30% national gun tax and a 50% national ammo tax. 



Michigan Republicans: For refusing to go along with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) proposed 45-cent gas tax hike. 

(Pictured: Lee Chatfield, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives)



Joe Biden: For saying “I’m gonna double the capital gains rate to 40 percent.”



House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseFor being a bulwark against the carbon tax. 



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: For pushing a 95 percent excise tax on hundreds of medicines including cures for cancer, hepatitis C, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. 



Arizona Republicans: For making sure tax conformity did not result in a net tax hike. 



Mitt Romney: For fantasizing about a carbon tax




House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin BradyFor fighting to make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s middle class tax cuts permanent. 



Phone-It-In Congressman Francis Rooney (R-Fla.):
For co-sponsoring carbon tax legislation and threatening households with a new national energy tax north of $1 trillion. [Be sure to call him “Ambassador” or else] Rooney will retire from Congress at the end of his term rather than face a primary challenger. 



Former Rep. Ryan Costello: For lobbying on behalf of carbon tax organization after he himself voted for the Scalise anti-carbon resolution while in Congress. Total Swamp Move.




Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and Democrats in the New Mexico legislature: For imposing what some have called the largest tax hike in state history. Adding insult to injury, this tax hike was enacted during a roughly $800 million surplus.



North Carolina House and Senate Republican caucuses: For getting another round of tax relief passed, overcoming opposition from Democrat Governor Roy Cooper, who is calling for tax hikes.

(Pictured: John R. Bell, IV, North Carolina House majority leader)



Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) and Colorado Democratic legislators: For trying to kill the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the nation’s strongest taxpayer safeguard, with Proposition CC. Fortunately Colorado voters rejected that measure, which would’ve gutted the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by ending the refunds it requires when tax collections are too high.



Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.):
For his introduction of legislation to double capital gains taxes.



House Democrats: For suing the Treasury Department in a blatantly illegitimate maneuver to release the President’s tax returns. And for voting against numerous Republican proposals to permanently cut taxes for the middle class. 



Mitt Romney:
For opposing an end to the inflation tax on capital gains.





ATR Joins Coalition Opposing Regional Cap & Trade Scheme

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, 2:40 PM PERMALINK

Today, Americans for Tax Reform joined a coalition of nearly 20 stakeholder organizations in sending an open letter expressing opposition to the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). The TCI is a regional cap-and-trade scheme, the details of which were released today, that will drive up energy costs for motorists and have the same overall effect as a carbon or gas tax hike in the 12 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states that are party to the initiative. 

The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

“Gas taxes are regressive in nature. The TCI will hurt lower-income and rural residents much more significantly than their higher-income, urban peers,” states the open coalition letter sent in opposition to TCI today. “Since motor fuels are economically ‘inelastic,’ the higher costs imposed by the TCI’s fuel tax will have to come out of other areas of household budgets. People already struggling to make ends meet will be forced by their own governments to make painfully difficult choices. Economically speaking, this is bad policy. Morally speaking, it’s just cruel.”

Americans for Tax Reform will be urging lawmakers and governors in TCI states to reject the proposed cap and trade scheme during their 2020 legislative sessions, and will be educating the public as to how TCI would do the greatest harm to taxpayers who are least able to afford the added cost. Worse, all of that economic pain would come with effectively no environmental gain. 

To read the coalition letter in its entirety, click here.


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Concerned Women in America Oppose Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 3:16 PM PERMALINK

Concerned women in America oppose a ban on flavored vaping products, because flavors allow them to quit and stay away from cigarettes, therefore saving their lives, allowing them to be there for their children and grandchildren.

In their own words, self-posted on Twitter using the hashtag #15sec4Vape -- please read and view the testimonials below:

“I’m Michelle Hughes from Verbena, Alabama, 50 years old, mother of 5 grandmother of 2, diagnosed with COPD in 2015. (I) Started vaping cookie custard and bakery flavors. I kicked the habit and saved my life. We vape, we vote."-@MichelleHughes_

“My name is Hannah. I'm a single issue voter. I am a mother of two middle school students and I gave up my two pack a day smoking habit by vaping flavored nicotine e-liquids and use flavors like banana nut bread, birthday cake, and apple pie. Flavors save lives." -- Hannah

“Flavored nicotine vaping products helped me quit smoking. I smoked for 15 years and now I’m smoke free for 5 years thanks to vaping. Flavored nicotine products save lives. I vape and I vote.”-@KimmySmithTHR

“I smoked for 20 years despite having a dangerous heart condition I knew was being made worse by smoking. I tried everything to quit, but nothing worked until vaping. And since then, I’ve been able to stabilize my health, my heart has improved, and I finally have the possibility of a very long and full life, and seeing my daughter make it to adulthood, and maybe even seeing my grandchildren. So yes, vaping saved my life because without it, I probably wouldn’t even be here today.”-@Red_Phoenyx_

“I started vaping strawberry custard. I haven’t touched a cigarette since."-@MaryAnn78700468

“My name is Kim. I’m 39 years old. I smoked for 18 years old. Prior to finding vaping, I tried two pharmaceutical meds. They both made me extremely ill and one was even causing my hair to fall out. I also tried the patches, pharmaceutical inhales, and hypnosis. The only thing that helped me quit and successfully stay of cigarettes for 6 years has been fruity flavored e-liquid.-@SfSubohm

“Hi, my name is Jess and I'm 33 years old. I smoked cigarettes for 20 years, and I finally quit with cotton candy e-liquid. Not only do I vape, but I also manage a vape shop and invested my life savings into the industry last year, so, vaping didn't just save my life, it's also my livelihood." --  Jessika Eryn

“I started smoking cigarettes when I was 15. Once I got into my 30s, I realized I needed to quit. I tried patches, gum, pills, everything. Nothing worked until vaping. Vaping green apple e-liquid was the only thing that helped me to quit smoking cigarettes. If it wasn't for vaping, I'd still be smoking." -- Candice

"I'm 47 years old and my name is Jennifer. I quit smoking in 2010 with a great mint flavored vapor. I would like the president to please save the vape shops and save flavors so they can continue to save people every day from combustible tobacco. Tobacco kills, vaping saves lives. We vape, we vote." -- Jennifer

The video footage of these testimonials can be viewed here and here.

See also:

Conservative Groups Urge President to Reject Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

Vape flavor ban will devastate Main Street businesses nationwide             

If you don't understand the power of the flavored vape issue, watch this video

Vape ban could swing election against Trump

Sen. Ron Johnson letter to Trump: A flavored vape ban would harm public health and wipe out small businesses nationwide

NYT Editorial Board and Conservatives Agree: A Vape Ban is Bad for Public Health

WaPo: Vapers are "Astroturf" and Should Probably Die in Darkness

Testimonials from adults who need flavored vapes to stay off cigarettes

North Carolina House Finance Committee Removes a Tax Cut, Approves a Tax Hike

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 9:56 PM PERMALINK

Whether it’s tax, regulatory, or education policy, North Carolina has served as a national model for pro-growth policy reform in recent years. That’s why it was surprising to many when Republicans who control the North Carolina House Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to reject much needed business tax relief included in a bill that already passed out of the Senate.

That’s not the only bad thing that happened in the North Carolina House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning. In addition to removing the franchise tax cut from SB 578, House Finance Committee members also voted to drastically hike the state tax on electronic cigarettes and vape products. That tax hike was approved as an amendment to SB 557, a Senate-approved bill that raises the standard deduction. 

“It was not surprising to see Nancy Pelosi’s left-wing caucus advance a vape tax hike on Capitol Hill last week, but it was shocking to see North Carolina Republicans follow the lead of Washington Democrats by approving their own vape tax hike this week,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “I encourage Speaker Tim Moore and members of his caucus to undo the damage done by the House Finance Committee by restoring the franchise tax cut and removing the vape tax hike.”

The vape tax hike approved by the House Finance Committee today, should it even be taken up and approved by the full House, is already reported to be dead on arrival in the North Carolina Senate. That’s good news for North Carolina taxpayers.

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Statement from Grover Norquist on the Ongoing Campaign to End the Inflation Tax on Capital Gains

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, September 12th, 2019, 11:34 AM PERMALINK

“Ending the inflation tax on capital gains has broad and deep support. White House economists, congressional Republicans, free market groups and the business community – U.S. Chamber, NFIB, and groups from all 50 states – will continue to push this initiative forward and get it enacted before the 2020 election.

It is wrong for the government to tax inflation. Ending the inflation tax will help create jobs and raise wages. ATR will continue to highlight the tens of millions of Americans who will benefit directly from ending the inflation tax, many of whom live in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Good policy is good politics.”

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List: Support for Ending the Inflation Tax on Capital Gains

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, 12:30 PM PERMALINK

Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform

Club for Growth

National Federation of Independent Business

United States Chamber of Commerce


National Taxpayers Union

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Republican Study Committee

American Conservative Union

American Farm Bureau Federation
60 Plus Association  

Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Tax Foundation

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark)

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho)

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) 

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.)

Mark Meadows, Chairman of House Freedom Caucus

Newt Gingrich -- Fmr. Speaker of the House, Fmr. House Minority Whip
ALEC Action

American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

American Commitment

American Consumer Institute

American Civil Rights Union
American Encore
America Fighting Back PAC
America’s Liberty PAC
Association of Mature American Citizens 
Beaman Automotive Group
Rachel Bovard – Fmr. Policy Director, Senate Steering Committee 
Campaign for Liberty 
James Carter – Fmr. Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary 
Center for Energy and Environment
Center for a Free Economy 
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Center for Individual Freedom 
Center for Military Readiness
Center for Worker Freedom 
Citizens Against Government Waste 
Citizen Outreach (Nevada) 
Civitas Institute (North Carolina)
Coalition of Franchisee Associations
Coalitions for America
Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Conservative Action Project
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Conservatives of Faith
The Conservative Caucus
Conservative Victory Fund
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy 
Charles J. Cooper, Assistant Attorney General under Ronald Reagan
Ed Corrigan – Fmr. Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee
T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr. -- Fmr. Chief Domestic Advisor
Fmr. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
Digital Liberty  
Family Business Coalition 
Family Research Council
First Liberty Institute

Florida Center-Right Coalition

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Frontiers of Freedom

Rebecca Hagelin -- Columnist, The Washington Times

The Heartland Institute

Florida state Representative Mike Hill (R)

Hispanic American Center for Economic Research

Hispanic Leadership Fund

Donald Hodel -- Fmr. Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Interior

Independent Women’s Voice

Institute for Liberty

Institute for Policy Innovation

The James Madison Institute (Florida)

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)

D. James Kennedy Ministries

Larry Kudlow -- Director of the National Economic Council

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Morton Blackwell
Less Government 
Let Freedom Ring, Inc

March for Life Action

Market Institute

The Martin Foundation
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Massachusetts Center-right Coalition

Edwin Meese III -- Fmr. Attorney General under Reagan

Minnesota Center-Right Coalition

Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Missouri Center-Right Coalition

Montana Center-Right Coalition

Deroy Murdock -- NRO Contributing Editor

National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)

New Hampshire Center-right Meeting

Becky Norton Dunlop -- Fmr. White House Advisor

NYS Conservative Party
Ohioans for Tax Reform 
Jack Park -- Conservative Activist and Donor
Pegasus Institute (Kentucky)
Vice President Mike Pence

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Property Rights Alliance

Charlie Gerow, President of Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

Reaching America

The Reagan Legacy Forum

Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Richard Rahn -- Chairman, Institute for Global Economic Growth

Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Tea Party Express

Tea Party Patriots Action

There’s Hope America Inc.

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Mary Vought -- Executive Director, Senate Conservatives Fund
We the People Convention
Women for Trump
Ron Robinson, President of Young America’s Foundation


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State Of State Governments: Growing In Some States, Shrinking In Others

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, August 30th, 2019, 3:41 PM PERMALINK

Today Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of states ranked by their size of state government, using state spending as a percentage of state GDP as the metric for comparison.

When looking at how the size of all 50 state budgets compares to the size of those state economies, ATR included both general fund spending and federal transfer funds included in state budgets, which comprised more than 30% of total state expenditures in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.

In addition to looking at the size of all 50 state governments today, ATR examined how the size of all 50 state governments has changed over the past decade. 

50 States Ranked By Size (State Spending/State GDP)


1. West Virginia (23.3%)

2. New Mexico (20.8%)

3. Arkansas (20.3%)

4. Alaska (18.9%)

5. Mississippi (18.5%)

6. Oregon (17.7%)

7. Vermont (17.0%)

8. Hawaii (16.4%)

9. Kentucky (16.3%)

10. Rhode Island (14.9%)

11. Delaware (14.8%)

12. Montana (14.8%)

13. Wisconsin (14.6%)

14. Maine (13.4%)

15. North Dakota (13.2%)

16. Arizona (12.9%)

17. Alabama (12.6%)

18. Oklahoma (12.4%)

19. Iowa (12.4%)

20. Connecticut (11.9%)

21. Louisiana (11.9%)

22. Wyoming (11.8%)

23. South Carolina (11.1%)

24. Maryland (10.9%)

25. Michigan (10.8%)

26. Pennsylvania (10.7%)

27. Minnesota (10.6%)

28. Ohio (10.6%)

29. Colorado (10.5%)

30. Idaho (10.3%)

31. Massachusetts (10.3%)

32. Nebraska (10.0%)

33. New Jersey (9.9%)

34. Virginia (9.9%)

35. New York (9.8%)

36. Kansas (9.7%)

37. Tennessee (9.4%)

38. California (9.3%)

39. Indiana (9.1%)

40. North Carolina (8.9%)

41. Nevada (8.9%)

42. Georgia (8.8%)

43. Utah (8.6%)

44. Washington (8.6%)

45. South Dakota (8.5%)

46. Missouri (8.4%)

47. Illinois (8.2%)

48. Florida (7.8%)

49. New Hampshire (7.3%)

50. Texas (6.7%)

Fastest Growing State Governments Of The Past Five Years

These ten states had the greatest increase in state spending as a percentage of GDP from 2012-2017 (% growth in size of state government): 

  1.    Nevada (48.86%)                                             6.   Kentucky (12.17%)
  2.    New Mexico (26.65%)                                     7.   Arkansas (6.80%)
  3.    Arizona (22.96%)                                             8.   Connecticut (5.87%)
  4.    Oregon (14.41%)                                              9.   New Jersey (5.68%)
  5.    North Dakota (12.24%)                                   10.  Hawaii (5.44%)


Fastest Shrinking State Governments Of The Past Five Years 

These ten states had the greatest decline in state spending as a percentage of GDP from 2012-2017:

  1.    West Virginia (-26.21%)                                   6.   Maine (-12.83%)
  2.    Wyoming (-21.37%)                                         7.   South Carolina (-12.14%)
  3.    North Carolina (-21.15%)                                 8.   Tennessee (-11.94%)
  4.    Massachusetts (-20.11%)                                  9.   Alaska (-7.77%)
  5.    Pennsylvania (-19.20%)                                   10.  Utah (-6.54%)



Source of information: Bureau of Economic AnalysisNational Association of State Budget Officers

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Tate Reeves Wins Gubernatorial Primary In Mississippi, Remains Only Candidate In The Race To Rule Out Tax Hikes

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, 5:15 AM PERMALINK

Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves won yesterday’s Republican gubernatorial primary runoff with 54% of the vote. Reeves now advances to the general election in November, when he will face the Democrats’ nominee, Attorney General Jim Hood.

“There will be a stark contrast at the top of the ballot in Mississippi this November,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “With Tate Reeves, Mississippi voters have a proven conservative, one who has already worked hard to enact pro-growth tax relief and committed to opposing any and all future efforts to hike taxes.”

While both Reeves and Hood are competing to succeed Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.), Tate Reeves is the only candidate in the race who has ruled out tax hikes like Governor Bryant has. Jim Hood, by contrast, has made it clear that tax hikes are on the table for Mississippi families and employers if he were to be elected this fall.

Tate Reeves is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Mississippi taxpayers that he will oppose and veto any and all efforts to hike state taxes if elected the next Governor of Mississippi. Hood refuses to make this same commitment to Mississippi taxpayers.

In addition to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Governor Phil Bryant, 10 other sitting governors are signers of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, as are 47 U.S. Senators and 160 current members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

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