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GOP Governors Cut State Taxes Upwards of $64 Billion Since 2011

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Posted by Hunter Harmer on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 9:26 AM PERMALINK

The ongoing efforts to pass tax reform in Congress are dominating the headlines, and understandably so. The federal tax code is desperately in need of an overhaul and the flaws in the current code act as a giant self-inflicted wound on American companies, who face the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, with small businesses paying an even higher rate.

While federal lawmakers are on the cusp of passing tax reform, Republican governors have been leading the way in providing tax relief at the state level for the better part of the last decade. Republican governors have cut taxes by more than $60 billion in TK states since the wave election of 2010 that led to the greatest degree of Republican control at the state level since the 1920s. Below is a breakdown of tax cuts enacted by Republican governors since 2010*:


*These figures represent gross tax cuts enacted by Republican governors and do not account for any tax hikes they have approved, which, when added in will result in a slightly reduced net tax cut total. By the end of 2017, ATR will release a comprehensive report on the net tax impact of Republican and Democratic governors nationwide. 

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Dem Governor Candidate Rips Up Tax Pledge


Posted by Hunter Harmer on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 2:47 PM PERMALINK

Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez (D) is ready to raise taxes. Residents of Massachusetts, consider yourself warned.

Gonzales posted a video to Facebook this week after receiving a copy of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Pledge, which ATR offers to every candidate and incumbent for state and federal office, is a written promise to a lawmaker’s constituents detailing their commitment to oppose all tax increases.

In his brief video, Gonzalez criticizes Grover Norquist, President and founder of ATR, for his resolution to limit government. After admitting that Massachusetts is “the most expensive state in the nation”, Mr. Gonzales affirmed his support for a tax increase.

“So Grover, here’s what I say to your Taxpayer Protection Pledge” said Mr. Gonzalez as he proceeded to rip up the printed document at the end of the video.

In a tweet, Norquist replied: “You are a Democrat running for Governor and you are promising to increases taxes yet again on the Bay state. Boring. Been there. Did that.”

Nearly 1,400 incumbent elected officials, from state representative to governor to U.S. Senator, have signed the Pledge to their constituents.

Gonzalez is expected to run against the Republican incumbent, Gov. Charlie Baker. 

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