Fac­ing GOP crit­ics, Ryan at­tacks high-tax states

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

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.

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