I have been listening to Boortz off and on both yesterday and today. I was wanting to hear coverage of Iowa, and I’ll probably listen next week to listen to coverage of New Hampshire.
A lady called in to say that she liked the FairTax, but could not support Huckabee because of his tax increases. Boortz said that under Huckabee the overall tax burden dropped and his state went down from 36th in overall tax burden to 44th. This is a misleading claim because these are the statistics for the federal tax burden.
The state and local tax burden on the taxpayers of Arkansas went up. In 1996, Arkansas was ranked 30th in state and local tax burden, when Huckabee left office Arkansas ranked 13th in the nation in that category.
You cannot increase your state’s tax burden by 47%, roughly $505 million, and expect your tax burden to go down.
You can view the statistics here.