Income tax policy pulls states apart

Surpluses and state government trifectas have empowered states to make major changes.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, front right, and Comptroller Brooke Lierman, front left, applaud during a news conference on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Annapolis, Md., with supporters of extending and expanding tax credits for low-income families. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Income tax policy changes in recent years are yet another example of increasing political polarization between red and blue states. 

Massive surpluses and one-party control of state government have empowered many states to make sweeping income tax changes that align with either right- or left-leaning economic theories and values.

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