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State tax policy abounds as voters in 36 States decide on governor

Multistate tax alert | November 6, 2014

On November 4, 2014, voters in each of 36 states chose a Governor for their respective state and, in doing so, may have determined the fate of important state tax policy measures.

Election 2014

On November 4, 2014, voters in each of 36 states chose a Governor for their respective state and, in doing so, may have determined the fate of important state tax policy measures. Of the 36 contested gubernatorial elections this year, the projected final results indicate that we will have at least 10 new sitting governors – in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas – including at least 5 reflecting political party affiliation changes. Of particular note are the projected election results in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania – states where tax policy issues were especially prominent in the election campaigns and where we now have not only new sitting governors, but also political party affiliation changes. Also noteworthy is gubernatorial election campaigning in states such as Alaska, California, Florida, Kansas, and Michigan where tax policy was often at the forefront of the debate.

This Tax Alert highlights some of the tax policy stances voiced by the new, soon-to-be sitting state governors during their respective election campaigns, as well as by select incumbent state governors who were particularly vocal on this issue during their re-election campaigns, and what that might mean for their state tax regimes.

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The Multistate Tax Alert Archive includes external tax alerts issued by Deloitte Tax LLP's Multistate Tax practice during the last three years. These external alerts highlight selected developments involving state tax legislative, judicial, and administrative matters. The alerts provide a brief summary of specific multistate developments relevant to taxpayers, tax professionals, and other interested persons.

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