Ryan blasts states that send bil­lions to U.S. gov­ern­ment

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NATION/POLITICS -

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.

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