States should take on bold tax reform

November 11, 2014

by Nick Novak

Originally published by The Washington Times.

It is often said that elections have consequences. But the Nov. 4 results are not as important as the policies that should follow. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a Republican or a Democrat, it matters how they decide to spend (or not spend) taxpayer money.

Republican gains in the U.S. House and the flip from blue to red in the U.S. Senate give hints as to what proposals we can expect as a nation. Debates will certainly come up about Obamacare, federal spending levels and possibly tax reform. How President Obama reacts to such bills in anyone’s guess, though.

The deadlock in Washington may continue for another two years. I for one am not holding my breath.

True reform is possible in the states, however, especially when it comes to taxes.

With major electoral wins from conservatives, states like Florida are likely to keep their low property taxes and non-existent state income tax. But the states that are truly ready for reform are places like Wisconsin and Illinois.

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