Turns out in between the normal gossip, my friends and family had somehow neglected to spread a juicy bit of exciting Ocean State news with me -- I'm talking of course about the flat tax proposal that came out of the Rhode Island House of Representatives in early February.

I did a double take this week when I saw my very liberal home state name-checked in the very conservative editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. The paper's lead opinion piece on Feb. 10 carried the headline "Rhode Island Revelation," and praised the centerpiece of the House's Democratic leaders tax reform plan, a proposal to create an optional flat rate income tax of 5.5 percent.

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