Tax the poor! States raise sales, cigarette taxes

There's been a notable shift in recent years -- especially among Republican governors -- to raise sales and other consumption taxes, which more heavily hit those at the bottom of the income spectrum. This comes as lawmakers cut personal income taxes, which usually benefit wealthier residents more.

"States are shifting the burden down to lower and, possibly, middle income families," said Kim Rueben, director of the state and local finance initiative at the Urban Institute.



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