Vermont is No. 1-for tax burdens

Tyler predicted governmental collapse. In an era before American states, he didn't predict inter-state taxpayer flight. Now, in a pattern which is already well-defined, payers flee from R-W-T jurisdictions, in a self-reinforcing cycle where those States they flee become even more R-W-T while their destinations become less so; in fact, when real taxpayers relocate, everyone in their destination state benefits, tax wise.

Taken to its logical conclusion, it means eventual bankruptcy for high R-W-T states, a prospect which their legislatures won't fix because, as the Tax Foundation observes, once the non-payers out-number the payers, they can vote whatever they want from the minority.

Former Vermonter Martin Harris lives in Tennessee.

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