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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:06 AM

What are the GOP Governors up to?

Methinks its a little more than coincidental that 2 GOP governors (possibly more, I didn't really dig) announced that they are planning to give away their state's budget surplus & reduce state personal income taxes just over the last 72 hours. Ok, part of me thinks some reduction is an alright thing but the in me thinks that they're trying to do a Norquist at the local level: i.e., no budget surplus + lower tax revenues = no money for state or local programs/no other choice but to privatize or eliminate. Welcome to Midwestern USA, the new Third World.

Part of the Koch plan?

http://www.indystar.com/article/20130122/NEWS05/130122041/Gov-Mike-Pence-State-can-afford-tax-cut?nclick_check=1

"In fact, he has his toughest selling job ahead of him: persuading lawmakers to adopt his call for a 10-percent across-the-board cut in Indiana’s personal income tax rate. “Let’s be honest with our fellow Hoosiers: We can afford to do this,” Pence said.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/viewart/20130123/GPG0101/301230217/Walker-says-340M-income-tax-cut-reasonable

"Walker said Tuesday, following a speech at the Wisconsin Technology Council, that he was eying the state’s current projected budget surplus of $342 million for the income tax cut. “We think it’s reasonable to focus in on the surplus. The surplus is $342 million,” he said. “The taxpayers are obviously at the forefront of making that possible.”


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