States Find Ways To Raise Taxes Without Saying So

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 29, 2013)--If Pennsylvania's Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has his way, the state will pay for $1.8 billion in transportation improvements largely by raising a wholesale gasoline tax, but his spokesman says it's not an increase.

In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans boast that they have balanced the budget without raising taxes even though the effort required the extension of an income tax on high earners against which both sides campaigned.

Governors and lawmakers in states including Delaware, Georgia and Connecticut are increasing taxes, but calling the increases by other names as they struggle to reconcile demand for services with sluggish revenues.

Matthew Brouillette of the conservative Commonwealth Foundation says any alternative to "the 'T' word" is explored, but ultimately it means more money is coming out of taxpayers' pockets.


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