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Low Taxes = Great Economy? Please.
(photo from movalley.wordpress.com)
More revealing of the stagnation-oriented mindset of these so-called "Americans For Prosperity" is the oft-repeated canard that "South Dakota's economic advantage is our low tax structure," as Lee puts it in his interview. I think this is crazy, and the results of our so-called "low tax structure" speak for themselves, especially as compared to the muscular economic growth of states that have a much higher tax structure than South Dakota's. I'm thinking specifically of our next
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(table from www.gallup.com)
So. Here we sit, with our "economically advantageous" low-tax policy, mired in a struggling economy while our highly-taxed next door neighbors move forward with some eye-catching velocity. I guess my question to Lee and his AFP patrons is, just exactly how is it to South Dakota's "economic advantage" to have our low tax structure? I think your assertion is pretty nutty, myself, but I'd love to see how you come up with that conclusion. And please don't resort to using those irrelevant lists about "best business climate" that mean zip in terms of actual business and economic development.
Addendum (added @ 1255 on 3/3/15: You can find the Black Hills Knowledge Network site that Eric Abrahamson posted in the comment section HERE.