Ryan blasts states that send billions to U.S. government
WASHINGTON — The top House Republican on Thursday blasted high-tax states that deliver billions to the federal government as he faced a backlash from rank-and-file GOP lawmakers over a sweeping tax-cut proposal.
Speaker Paul Ryan went on the offensive against high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, even though disgruntled GOP lawmakers from those states need to be brought on board to support the $6 trillion tax overhaul. The Republican lawmakers from high-tax states oppose the plan’s proposal to repeal the popular federal deduction for state and local taxes.
But Ryan contended the rest of the country is “propping up profligate, biggovernment states” that levy high taxes on their residents and spend recklessly.
“States that got their act together are paying for states that didn’t,” the Wisconsin lawmaker said at an appearance at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
In fact, California, New York and New Jersey send many billions more in taxes to Washington than they get back in federal spending, new data show. Divided by total state residents, New York gets back 81 cents for every $1 it pays in, New Jersey receives 74 cents and California
96 cents, according to an analysis released last month by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.