New York: Up&Up

Even without Lyndon Johnson's proposed 10% tax surcharge, most citizens these days are already suffering from hemophilia of the pocketbook. Last year Americans paid $206.5 billion in all forms of taxes, with the Federal Government taking nearly 70%. Yet the state and local share of the take has more than doubled in the past decade, far exceeding the growth rate of Washington's proceeds.

In New York, the state bite has been especially feral in recent years, largely because of Governor Nelson Rockefeller's ambitious health and education programs and New York City's staggering fiscal woes. Last week New Yorkers winced again...

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