The Party of Small Government: Republican governors across the country are trying to raise taxes

Republicans have been doing this for a long time.
Republicans have been doing this for a long time.

When push comes to shove, it’s easier for many supposedly “conservative” governors to propose a tax increase with supposed benefits for his or her state than it is to simply let people keep their own money. The money they earned.

Whenever we go through these revenue increase phases it is always remarked that it’s been such and such number of years since the last increase so “we’re about due.”

No we’re not. We are not “due.” Just because the state’s piece of the pie hasn’t enlarged in a while doesn’t mean that for some reason it should now.

Most states have balanced budget provisions. I wish we had one on a federal level. But that means that the books (for the most part) have to sync up. Revenue spent must more or less equal revenue coming in. If a governor wants to “do something” he or she must either cut from one part of the budget to fund new efforts or he or she must raise taxes.

What the politicians do not seem to get is that many of us, a large number of us, don’t want our leaders to “do” anything other than reduce the footprint of government and the strain on our pocketbooks.

But there’s little glory in that for the politicians. And for the time being the people who want to seriously reduce the size of government remain in the minority. But our numbers are growing and have been for years. We’ll see how all this plays out for the tax raisers. Sure hope they don’t meet George H.W. Bush’s political fate.

(From The New York Times)

“My jaw dropped,” Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a conservative Republican in Nevada, said after hearing Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, propose a $1.1 billion tax increase for education this month. “Whether we kill it by five votes or 15 votes or 25 votes, we are going to kill it.”

At least eight Republican governors have ventured into this once forbidden territory: There are proposals for raising the sales tax in Michigan, a tax on e-cigarettes in Utah, and gas taxes in South Carolina and South Dakota, to name a few. In Arizona, the new Republican governor has put off, in the face of a $1 billion budget shortfall, a campaign promise to eliminate the unpopular income tax there.

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