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Daniel J. Mitchell - Townhall.com
July 20, 2014
When people in other nations ask me for evidence in favor of low taxes, I often will ask them to compare the economic performance of a high-tax nation like France with the performance of a nation such as Switzerland with less onerous taxes.
If I’m asked by Americans, I generally suggest that they compare different states. For instance, I show them evidence that California has a much more punitive tax system than Texas. And when you look at all the available state rankings, it’s clear that there’s a big difference.
*Tax burdens as a share of state income.
*The State Tyranny Index.
*Mercatus State Fiscal Ranking.
*State Business Tax Climate Index.
*Tax Foundation’s Tax Freedom Day.
*State Freedom Index.
*Death Spiral states.
And I then ask folks to compare economic performance. There’s lots of evidence that Texas is growing much faster and creating far more jobs than California.