Seven States Are Considering Eliminating Their Income Tax

Buoyed by the Tea Party, Republicans took over state houses across the country in 2010 and quickly pushed legislation to advance the conservative agenda on voting rights, abortion, and immigration. But now, the AP reports, there’s a new target: the state income tax, with Republican lawmakers are pushing to repeal in Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Income tax revenue funds “bedrock government services, including roads and bridges and schools and prison systems,” and while several states can do without it by taxing things like oil production, it’s unclear how the new states considering repeals would fund themselves without having an income tax.