States claim the stimulus law assaults state sovereignty by barring local governments from using aid money to cut taxes. But the Supreme Court has consistently approved conditions on federal spending.
Its "opt-in" proposal means some homeowners will never switch over and will never pay land tax.
Rezoning enormously increases the value of properties. Yet the developers who benefit don't want to pay, in the name of "certainty".
Boosting the GST and swapping land tax for stamp duty get headlines, but they never seem to happen.