Yes, there is a fact-based argument regarding graduated income tax

  Anyone who pays attention to state government knows Illinois’ fiscal system is a hot mess. Illinois has a huge — as in $8 billion plus — accumulated deficit in its General Fund. Not good, considering over $9 out of every $10 of spending on services goes to the four core areas of education, health care, social services and public safety. On top of that, Illinois is also one of the most notoriously unfair taxing states in the nation. The … Continued

Supreme Court invalidates Maryland’s personal income tax structure – Journal of Accountancy

  The U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5–4 decision on Monday that the personal income tax system imposed by the state of Maryland, which did not give taxpayers a credit against their county income tax for taxes paid to other states, violates the dormant Commerce Clause (Maryland v. Wynne, No. 13-485 (U.S. 5/18/15)). Maryland imposes two income taxes on taxpayers living or doing business in the state—one designated a state income tax, and the other designated a “county” tax, … Continued

2014 State Income Tax Rates

  Unlike the federal government, which has a series of tax brackets that apply to all U.S. taxpayers, state-level income tax rates are not standardized.  In fact, several states do not even have an income tax but rely on other sources of funds to provide essential services to their residents. 2014 State Income Tax Rates

Income Tax for Alabama Family of Four at Poverty Line Climbs to $498

WHAT DO YOU THINK???  Is this fair or right? Two-parent families of four in Alabama owed $498 in state income tax on poverty-line earnings in 2010, by far the highest amount in the nation, according to an annual report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. The state’s families also began to owe state income tax at the second lowest income level in the nation, the CBPP found. Alabama … Continued

Rick Casey: Did Perry sign a (gasp) income tax? | Rick Casey | – Houston Chronicle

  Imagine this headline making national news in late November, just 10 weeks before the Iowa caucus: "Texas High Court Rules Perry Created State Income Tax." How would that play with tea partiers? A recent lawsuit argues that a tax on businesses passed in 2006 violates the Texas Constitution because it is, in fact though not in name, an income tax. The law was recommended by a commission appointed by Perry and passed during a special session called by him. … Continued