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Always the Higher Taxes

Paul Krugman's editorial page column today cheers on higher taxes: "surely this is exactly the sort of thing we should be doing: Taxing the ever-richer rich, at least a bit, to expand opportunity for the children of the less fortunate."

Fine, it's the opinion page. Check out the national news section, where the Times coverage of Texas is provided by the left-leaning non-profit news organization The Texas Tribune, and there is a column by Ross Ramsey, the executive editor of the Texas Tribune, arguing that unless Texas raises taxes, it's going to be stuck with gravel roads instead of paved roads.


Republicans for Higher Taxes

Kevin Eltife, a Republican state senator in Texas who favors higher taxes, already got one glowing profile in the New York Times supplied by the tax-exempt Texas Tribune.

Today the Times carries a column by the executive editor of the Texas Tribune, Ross Ramsey, again singling out Mr. Eltife and other Republicans who want to raise taxes or tolls to fund highway spending. Mr. Ramsey acidly characterizes the Republicans who oppose tax increases as "professional revenue haters."

The easiest way for a Republican to get favorable press coverage in the Times is to come out for higher taxes. It's particularly ironic when the coverage is supplied by a tax-exempt nonprofit news organization.


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