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Will your state taxes go up? How legislatures are leaning.

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Those moves contrast strikingly with proposals and new laws in blue states:

The economics of taxes is fiercely debated.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public policy think tank founded by former Ronald Reagan economic adviser Arthur Laffer, advocates that states eliminate income taxes and put rigid limits on spending as a strategy to promote economic growth.

If Louisiana or Nebraska eliminated its income tax, the move would be historic, says Nicholas Johnson, a state fiscal policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington.

“No state has repealed their income tax since oil-rich Alaska did in 1980,” he says.

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