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Radical Right-Wing Tax Plans Run Into Trouble

Taxes are on the minds of many this week as April 15th approaches. They're also on the minds of many conservative governors -- in states such as Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Nebraska -- who have seen their radical tax proposals to further enrich corporations and the wealthy run into major resistance from voters, businesses, and even conservative lawmakers. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who this week withdrew his regressive plan that would have eliminated the state income tax while raising the sales tax, has seen his standing drop sharply in the polls. In the run up to Tax Day, increasing attention is being focused on how tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations increase burdens on the middle class -- a fact being highlighted by events on Monday in a slew of states, as well as by a new and addictive video game that casts tax-evading corporations as 8-bit supervillains:

Conservative governors have produced state tax proposals "straight out of the ALEC fiscal policy playbook" and have seen them run into heavy opposition this session. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities]

The short version of what killed Gov. Jindal's tax plan: "the public hated the idea, legislators balked, and Jindal was forced to kill his own plan before the legislature did it for him." [MSNBC]

An overview of how the debate over taxes may now play out in Louisiana. [Times-Picayune]

Events asking "Who Pays?" on Tax Day are taking place Monday in states including Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia. [Americans For Tax Fairness]

A new video game called "Tax Evaders" was released this week, and you may end up playing it for hours. [Tax Evaders]

Some updated messaging resources on communicating effectively about taxes and "aspiring to a government that works for us all." [Public Works]

More and more states are receiving much-needed revenue by collecting sales taxes from online retailers. [Stateline]

A Minnesota study rebuts the notion that tax increases prompt high-income households to move out of state. [Minnesota Budget Project]

A roundup of other news on state taxes this week from Idaho, Nevada, Texas, and Massachusetts. [Citizens for Tax Justice]
 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from April 13, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)