A "Progressive Tax Rebellion"?

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

As goes California, so goes the nation? The conservative anti-tax revolt that began in the Golden State over 30 years ago was rebuked by voters this past November when they approved Prop 30. Early in sessions in 2013, other states are showing signs of following a similar path and refusing to rely on economically destructive cuts:

An in-depth look at how the Prop 30 vote in California is resonating beyond state borders. [The Nation]

David Dayen on how progressives "achieved the impossible" by balancing California's books. [The New Republic]

A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy underscored how "the poorest Americans are subject to a tax rate at the state and local level that is twice as high as the tax rate paid by the wealthiest earners." [ThinkProgress]

With more states seeing unified control of legislatures and governors' seats, approaches to tax and budget issues may diverge even more sharply in 2013. [Christian Science Monitor]

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing an increased income tax rate on the wealthiest earners offset by decreased property and sales taxes. [Reuters]

A bipartisan duo of Texas state legislators introduced legislation to "scrub, sunset and possibly repeal scores of preferential tax breaks" in the state. [Dallas News]

Conservatives in Michigan are looking at increasing either sales or gas taxes to pay for needed infrastructure repairs — and voters may be the ones who end up choosing. [AP]


Read the full Dispatch from February 2, 2013 here.