Wars Between the States

Taxes on energy resources pit the haves against the have-nots

"We have on our hands the making of a civil war, being fought with taxes instead of muskets. And this time, the North (including the Midwest) is going to lose."

That fear, voiced by J.R. Prestidge of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a research center in Washington, B.C., is shared by state officials throughout the industrial Frostbelt. The source of their concern: severance taxes, duties imposed by a state on its exports to other states of oil, natural gas, coal or other nonrenewable resources. The flow...

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