Magazine September 22, 2014, Issue

State Capitols vs. Capitalism

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything, by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, Rex A. Sinquefield, and Travis H. Brown (Wiley, 368 pp., $29.95)

In the first chapter of this book, its co-authors offer the economic history of New Jersey as “a colorful example of opportunity wasted.” During the 1950s and 1960s, New Jersey’s population growth exceeded the national average. “Then, in 1966, New Jersey adopted the sales tax,” they write, “and in 1976 the income tax. Fast-forward.” At this point, the authors — supply-side guru Arthur Laffer, Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore, investor Rex Sinquefield, and consultant Travis Brown — describe New Jersey’s fiscal meltdown in 2009 under Governor Jon Corzine, which they attribute to “years of tax increases, welfare expansion, and

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