National Affairs: Haruspicy in Albany

While Democrat Averell Harriman told the U.S. about the good government he has brought to New York, his Republican foes fumed in frustration. They insistently pointed out that Governor Harriman drastically underestimated state revenue for 1955, and loaded the taxpayers with an 11% increase in state income taxes to cover a budget based on his error. But there was remarkably little public reaction. One reason: a point about a state budget often gets lost in a maze of statistics, analyses and charts. Last week, however, Oswald D. (for David) Heck, speaker of the...

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