Why Governors Are Squawking


Raised state income and sales taxes $2.8 billion

Democratic Governor Jim Florio already has a taxpayer revolt on his hands. More than 500,000 voters have signed a petition calling for a rollback of the hikes imposed in June, and IMPEACH FLORIO bumper stickers are sprouting. Limiting federal deductions for state levies to $10,000 a year would hit more than 48,000 residents with an average $5,400 in additional taxes and could further undermine Florio's progressive tax reforms.


Adopted a budget-balancing plan that includes $843 million in new taxes

Late last month Republican Governor George Deukmejian and the Democratic- controlled...

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