The Tax Foundation has cross-tabulated state demographics with tax data from the Internal Revenue Service to take a look at which states benefited the most from the tax cuts enacted under the Bush administration in 2001 and 2003.
Foundation staff economist Gerald Prante found that no matter which way the cuts were measured -- either by subtracting the 2004 payment for the average tax return, within each income range, from the corresponding figure in 2000, or by computing the percentage drop -- some states fared better than others. Washington, Colorado and California were all huge beneficiaries, while the trio of New Mexico, Hawaii and North Dakota received the least tax relief.
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