The specter of the “welfare queen” emerged during the 1980s, when President Reagan helmed a push by conservatives to dismantle much of the social welfare structure in the United States. Reagan introduced the phantom threat during his 1976 presidential run, with the racialized and gendered boogeyman serving as a centerpiece during Reagan’s eventual tenure in the White House.
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Sales taxes account for a hefty amount of state revenue. Washington state gets 60% of its revenue from sales taxes. The next highest states are: Tennessee (56.8%), Louisiana (54%), South Dakota (53.6%), Arkansas (50.5%). Two populous states, Florida and Texas, have no income tax and thus rely heavily on sales tax.