Facing GOP critics, Ryan attacks high-tax states
House Speaker Paul Ryan 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.
Ryan went on the offensive against high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey. He contended the rest of the country is “propping up profligate, big-government states” that levy high taxes on their residents and spend recklessly.
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.