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Republican state legislator: Signing tax pledge gives authority to outside group

Lawmakers should be focused on representing their constituents rather than adhering to pledges like the one from Americans for Tax Reform, according to one Republican Pennsylvania legislator. “I never sign tax pledges. I just don’t,” State Rep. John Bear told Think Progress. “I don’t believe in signing tax pledges and…

Higher state taxes on the rich won’t drive them out: study

The threat that wealthy people will simply pull up stakes and move if their taxes are raised has often been deployed in an effort to prevent states from doing just that. However, a new paper (pdf) suggests that the threat has been greatly exaggerated. The study, by Universeity of Massachusetts…