Are States With Lower Income Tax Rates Better At Winning Championships?

When it became clear that the most decorated quarterback in NFL history was hitting the open market, fans of many long-suffering NFL teams allowed themselves to imagine Tom Brady leading their squad to his seventh Super Bowl championship. Bill Schuette, the former attorney general of Michigan, was one of those fans. He penned a column for the Oakland Press about his Detroit Lions being “on the sideline” of NFL free agency. Why? Because of Michigan’s state income tax. That’s right: We’re talking about taxes. Brady ultimately signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are subject to Florida’s nonexistent state income tax.

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