State Taxes and Spending

Oklahoma Leads on Income-Tax Repeal

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The state has proposed a radically pro-growth agenda.

January 30, 2012 4:00 A.M.
By Phil Kerpen & Stuart Jolly

When Ron Paul talks about repealing the income tax and replacing it with nothing, most people think it can’t be done. But at least on the state level, it can. In fact, there are nine states, including Paul’s home state of Texas, that don’t levy income taxes. Those states have far outperformed high-income-tax states on every measure of economic success. Now Oklahoma is poised to fully repeal its income tax and join the ranks of non-income-tax states. While Oklahoma is already a relatively business-friendly, low-tax state, income-tax repeal would launch it into the top tier of the most economically competitive states and the best places to live and work.

Read the rest at National Review Online.


The Welfare Reform Model for Medicaid

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Critics predicted disaster for block grants in 1996. They were proven wrong.

APRIL 13, 2011

By PETER FERRARA AND PHIL KERPEN

One of the greatest bipartisan policy successes of recent decades was welfare reform, enacted into law by a Republican Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has proposed in his budget, those reforms should now be extended to Medicaid and beyond.

Read the rest at the Wall Street Journal.




New Hampshire smacks down cap and trade

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Published: 4:05 PM 02/23/2011
By Phil Kerpen

The New Hampshire House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly — 246 to 104 — for New Hampshire to become the first state to repeal an up-and-running global warming cap-and-trade energy tax system. The state senate is expected to follow suit with a similarly veto-proof repeal. The move has major implications both in the region and nationally.

Read the rest at Daily Caller.


Fleeing Democrats choose Illinois, and failure

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Published: 4:29 PM 02/22/2011
By Phil Kerpen

It is fitting that Illinois is the destination of choice for Democratic legislators desperate to flee their states to prevent newly elected majorities from delivering on the budget reforms they campaigned on. Perhaps the fleeing legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana watched the budget trickery in Illinois last month and knew it was a safe place for big tax-and-spenders.

Read the rest at Daily Caller.


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